In the world today it seems that everyone is rushing to accumulate as much “stuff” as they can. And if it looks like someone has more than we do, it makes us unhappy. What a waste of time and energy. The Bible tells us that the pursuit of material goods is ultimately an exercise in frustration. In Proverbs 23:5 we read, “Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.” And in Ecclesiastes 5:10 Solomon says,”He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.” When the goal of one’s life is the accumulation of material wealth he will never be satisfied.
One is always much happier when he is content with the necessities of life. In 1 Timothy 6:7 the apostle Paul reminds us that, “we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” In Hebrews 13:5 we read, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.” We should avoid the dangers of covetousness “which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5) and remember that, “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).