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.
Economics theories are constantly clashing against one another. Academia sit in their bubbles of conversation espousing their theories at the luxury that the endowment of millions affords them. Unfortunately, most of those teaching economic theories have never actually worked at a job, much less create 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 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 comes from a battle within, yet is manifested in hostility toward others. A person stakes a claim to possessions that they want but haven’t earned. They claim that the system is rigged against them – that there is inequity and unfairness.
You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you 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 is what leads to prosperity. James confirms Solomon’s wisdom by suggesting to simply ask God.
Don’t grasp for stuff. Ask God.