Someone has said, “if you ask the average person how much money they need, what will they say?” The answer? “Just a little bit more.”
Man seems to think that his problems would be solved with just a little more money. There is nothing wrong with money. There is nothing wrong with honestly making money. But, happiness doesn’t come from just having a little more money.
There is a scene from a movie starring Tom Cruise. Cruise played a sports agent. He had a client that wanted a new and larger contract. The client said to the character Cruise played, “Show me the money.”
“Show me the money…”. We have a tendency to think that, if someone just shows us the money we will be happy.
Proverbs 30:8 says, “…give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.” Think about that verse…”give me just enough to satisfy my needs.”
That is a very different approach from how most view money. That verse teaches us to be content with the basics of life. Does that mean it’s wrong to have more? No it doesn’t as long as it doesn’t consume us.
The verse is talking about contentment. The Christmas season is a perfect example of this. Years ago, when our kids were young, a day or two before Christmas I would often ask Holli, “Do you think we have enough for the kids?”
Think about that…it was and is a ridiculous statement…”do we have enough?” They had gifts…but did they have enough gifts?
Again, there is nothing wrong with nice things…if you can afford it. But this verse is teaching us to be content. The Lord promised to put food on our tables and clothes on our backs. He didn’t promise us ribeye steaks every night or enough clothes for a month.
Years ago, in a class at Mississippi College, our Professor taught us a healthy approach to material things. He suggested we “maintain not gain.” Instead of having an over-abundance, maintain what we have. If something wears out, replace it….but you don’t need more than 1 of that item…maintain not gain.
“…..give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.” Again, nothing wrong with some material possessions as long as they don’t consume us. We should learn to be content with our needs being met.
The apostle Paul wrote, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself in….” May we be able to do the same.