Greed causes fighting;
trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.
A grasping person stirs up trouble, but trust in God brings a sense of well-being.
Economic theories are constantly clashing against one another. Academia sits in their bubbles of conversation, espousing their ideas at the luxury that the endowment of millions affords them. Unfortunately, most of those teaching economic theories have never worked at a job, much less created one.
The problem at the root of most conversations is greed. Greed is an insatiable appetite for money. It is very closely aligned with covetousness, which is not only wanting what another person has but wanting what they have at their expense. Covetousness and greed are described in the Hebrew language as someone who takes pleasure in looking at material wealth with evil intentions to possess it.
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? – James 4:1
Greed and covetousness come from a battle within yet are manifested in hostility toward others. A person stakes a claim to possessions they want but hasn’t earned. They claim that the system is rigged against them – that inequity and unfairness exist.
You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. – James 4:2
Our Advisor, Solomon, tells us that putting your trust in the Lord leads to prosperity. James confirms Solomon’s wisdom by suggesting to ask God.
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