Job says referring to the wicked, in Job 27 verses 16 & 17
16 Though he heaps up silver like dust,
And piles up clothing like clay—
17 He may pile it up, but the just will wear it,
And the innocent will divide the silver.
Job says when the wicked amass money and clothing beyond their needs, though they collect and store these things, they don’t enjoy them.
It’s a reminder to us all, that material goods, such as money and clothes can only do so much for us. When we collect them to meet our needs and relate to them as things that serve us we benefit from them. When we collect them to meet our “greeds” and we start to serve them rather than them serving us, they no longer benefit us. According to these verses God in His providence will ensure that more needy and deserving individuals benefit from them.
Jesus gave us a related principle when he said in Matthew 6:19:
19 “ Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal….”
Laying up treasures on earth is collecting and storing up beyond our needs, where we’re serving our treasures, rather than our treasures serving us. Jesus said when we do that moth and rust will destroy them and thieves steal them. We wont get any real benefit from them.
Lets make sure we earn and save money and buy things to meet our needs. Lets make sure money and what we own serve us rather than us serving them because the reality is if we amass them beyond our needs we wont get any real benefit from them.
Having finances & assets to meet our needs not our greeds and making sure they serve us, we don’t serve them, are two key principles to enjoying money and possessions.