Do rich people still need God? It’s an odd question, I know. Actually, I’m a bit embarrassed it floated through my mind as I walked across Queen Anne hill the other day. Seeking out the Kerry Park vista, above, I strolled through quiet streets of beautiful houses, every once in a while passing a happy-looking family or a content-seeming homeowner trimming a perfectly flawed bush. “It’d be nice to enjoy this view while sitting at the breakfast table,” I thought to myself. I pulled out the real estate app and took a peek at the prices. Yikes. “Maybe Annie will make money,” my mind suggested. “Life seems good here.”
Then the question asserted itself: “Do rich people still need God?”
Here’s what’s embarrassing about the question: You probably noticed the smartphone make an entrance in the short walk, above. You may have noticed the beautiful view I did get to enjoy, the peaceful afternoon I did get to spend. I drove there, in a car. Also, I first discovered that park when I was going to college nearby. Admittedly, I’m rich people. It doesn’t seem like it while walking by million-dollar houses, but in the grand scheme of things, I’ve been given a lot.
Here’s what else is embarrassing about the question: Of course rich people need God, Alex! Aren’t you supposed to be training to be a pastor or something? Well, yes. It’s just…what exactly do they need God for?
Then this Scripture (that I memorized with my mom in kindergarten) arose in my mind:
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
“It is he who made us, and we are his.” The very question shows me that I’ve been thinking about God bit wrong recently. We don’t first and foremost need God for something; God is simply our God. God is our Maker. God is our Lord. God is our King. God is our Shepherd. We need God, we need to know God, because He is more central to who we are than we are.
Knowing God does a lot for us; don’t get me wrong. However, we should seek Him and know Him simply because…who wouldn’t want to know their God? Who wouldn’t want to know the One who decided, “I’d like to make you; I’d like this world better with you in it”? Who wouldn’t want to know the one who knows what we’re here for and what happens next? Who wouldn’t want to know the one whose “steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations”?
Yes, rich people need God and need God just as desperately as anyone else, because only in the LORD do we find a real God. You can’t but that, not even close. In fact, money often does nothing but distract us from this most important fact: Not only were we made by God, we were made for God, and in knowing Him life becomes whole.