The Book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom – wisdom on how to live. There is a lot in it said about riches and poverty. One choice passage says this:
“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 NKJ)
This passage presents a very balanced view of wealth and poverty. There is an inherent spiritual danger in each. The safest place is somewhere in between and this is where most of us find ourselves.
The apostle Paul offered a similar idea but in different words: “Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8)