If given a choice, would you choose to be rich, or poor? It sounds like a no brainer right? Is it better to be wealthy or poor, healthy or sick, successful or a failure? In a Proverb, Agur requests to be neither. “Give me neither poverty nor riches—feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9).
The Bible has only promises and comfort for the poor, but many warnings to those striving to be rich. Solomon, who was also very rich, said again in Ecclesiastes 5:10, "He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase." He was probably the richest man ever, and he tells us it does not satisfy. Look at how many stories we’ve heard about how the rich and famous are miserable, or how big lottery winners end up broke and broken.
It's okay to be rich; there are many rich men in the Bible. Money is not the problem. It is the love of money and putting trust in money that is the problem. “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (I Timothy 6:10).
Enough about being rich. If given the choice between being healthy or sick, which would you choose? Or how about being successful or a failure? Another no brainer, right? However, has anyone ever been driven to prayer for help because they were healthy or successful?
I got into a serious motorcycle accident at age seventeen. It seemed pretty bad, but at the time, guys were getting drafted left and right. The accident kept me out of Vietnam, which could have ended my life.
It all boils down to being content with where God has you and what you have. In Philippians, Paul says to be content in whatever state you are in (that includes Nevada!). Jesus tells us not to worry about anything, just to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He will take care of all the rest. Lay up your treasures in heaven, not here on earth; really, there is nothing worth storing up here on earth anyway. All things do work together for the good for those walking in faith. I know it does not seem like it at times but it always does.