Eccl. 5: 10-11. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?
Some smart person has said there is no such thing as losing too much weight, having too much money, or too much chocolate.
Of course none of that is true. Except for the chocolate part 🙂
Really, I think these two verses contain incredibly good common sense. If we love money above everything, we’ll never think we have enough. No amount is too much; no amount is sufficient,
But at some point, it’s possible to stop taking joy in money. When you have so much that you have to hire people to deal with it, and you never consider charitable donations for fear that it will destroy your bottom line, then the money controls you and you have become the servant of mammon.
Matthew Henry, the great commentator, said it succinctly: Nature is content with little, grace with less, but lust with nothing.
Verse 11 makes it clear that the more a person has, the more people there will be who depend upon his riches for their living. In other words, the more meat the more eaters.
It is not wrong to be wealthy. It is wrong to worship wealth. Doing so is vanity: emptiness, having no satisfaction. Money can be an idol. Wealth and fame can become the most important things in one’s life.
Ultimately, those things cannot replace God.