5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
-The Bible goes into great detail explaining how riches are deceitful (Matthew 13:22) and that the love of money leads to nothing but sin (1 Timothy 6:10). However, the Bible gives a lot less direction regarding what is an appropriate level of wealth for Christian. Is it okay to be rich? Is it okay to be poor? What is the standard of living in God’s economy? Usually, when the Bible gives little information on a subject it means one of two things: 1) The topic is not important relative to other, heavier subjects (this is not applicable here given how heavy a subject money is) or 2) The Bible’s directive is fully explanatory and requires no further elaboration. In this case, all our questions about money can be summed up in one phrase, “be content with such things as you have”. If you can do that, then you can be rich without having your heart drawn away, you can be poor without being bitter, you can look at those who have less without feeling superior, and you can look at those who have more without feeling envious. How do we find such contentment? By remembering the Lord’s promise: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”