Give me neither poverty nor riches. Proverbs 30:8
Not going to lie, but sometimes (if not always) we want too much. We want to earn lots of money, be rich (and famous even?). However, Agur, son of Jakeh in Proverbs asks God to not give him any riches. He doesn’t ask for poverty either, but really, he doesn’t want to be rich?
What was wrong with this man? Everyone wants to have plenty of wealth! Though, this guy is not the only one who believes wealth does not brings happiness. We see other men in Scripture condemn wealth: Author of Ecclesiastes and Paul among them. Of course, Jesus taught on wealth as well. He said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” Matthew 6:19-20
Then again, we can have two complete opposite sides to the spectrum. We have those who spend all their time and energy on acquiring wealth. That is their goal in life. And if wealth becomes more important than God, then we know that is a sin. On the other hand, being lazy was never praised by the Lord or humans. God never says we can just sit and do nothing all life long. He told Adam that the man is going to work hard to earn his daily bread.
So? What do we do?
We work; we do our best. But if wealth becomes more of a priority than serving God, then there just might be a problem with that.
Has acquiring earthly wealth become #1 priority in your relationship? Be honest, because God knows our hearts.