These are difficult times we live in.
Maybe not as difficult as other times in history, but we are living here and now.
This is Our lifetime.
From what I see around me, people are both happy and struggling everywhere. Not just in the Americas, or Africa, or Europe, or Asia, but all over the world.
Since the very beginning, when Adam and Eve were sent out of the Garden of Eden for committing the sin that condemned humanity, people have had to work hard to survive.
Genesis 3:23 “Therefore the Lord God sent him out from the Garden of Eden, to work the ground from which he was taken. “
In our modern world, many people no longer need to grow their own food or raise their own livestock. They can simply go to a grocery store and buy their food.
Much of this hard work has been taken away from us and we have gotten used to the ability to just buy what we need and want.
However, it is easy to fall into the trap of simply just wanting More. More money, more clothes, more food, more gadgets, more things, more whatever…
There is always something more you could want and usually money can get it.
The problem with money and riches are that they can be a poison.
1 Timothy 6:10 says “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
So, obviously, always wanting more money can be a dangerous practice. It is difficult for those who put their trust in money to fully put their trust in God.
Mark 10:24-25 “And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.””
That is a very serious statement!
Now, there is a big difference between wanting enough and wanting more.
What about wanting more food to feed your family?
Hunger is a terrible part of many people’s lives. Going to bed hungry, knowing that tomorrow will be more of the same. Not having enough food to give to your precious children. Worrying where your next meal will come from.
When you do not have enough of a necessity, you will want more. It is not the More of Excess, it is the More of Need.
It takes money to buy food and the things you and need. There is nothing wrong with wanting more money to buy what you need and wanting more of what you need.
There are so many who don’t have enough of things they need.
The problem comes in when you want more for the sake of just having more.
So, as we struggle through life, make sure you keep clear the difference between wanting Enough and wanting More. If you find that you have more than enough, maybe you can give to someone who does not.
Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.””
And that is worth more than all the money and things in the world.