“The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the destruction of the poor is their poverty. The labor of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin…The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:15-16, 22).
Material possessions are neither good nor evil. It is the love of mammon that is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10), for covetousness is idolatry (Colossians 3:5).
When God generously blesses the righteous man’s honest and diligent labor with wealth, He is to be praised and thanked. Those who have been so blessed are commanded “not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” and to “do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
God blesses us with wealth so we can be a blessing to other (Ephesians 4:28). Those who fail to steward their blessings to bless others shall weep and howl when the miseries of God’s judgment come upon them and their wicked stewardship (James 5:1-6).