The evil spirit which haunts the rich man

(Thomas Watson, "The Art of Divine Contentment")

"But godliness with contentment is great gain."
    1 Timothy 6:6.

There is more trouble in a prosperous condition.
Many who have abundance of all things to enjoy,
yet have not so much contentment and sweetness
in their lives—as some who go to their hard labor.

Sad, anxious thoughts often attend a prosperous
condition. Worry is the evil spirit which haunts
the rich man
—and will not allow him to be quiet
and content. When his chest is full of gold—his heart
is full of worry—either how to manage, or how to
increase, or how to secure what he has gotten! O
the troubles and perplexities which attend prosperity!

The world's high seats are very uneasy. Sunshine is
pleasant—but sometimes it scorches with its heat.

The bee gives honey—but sometimes it stings! Just
so, prosperity has its sweetness—and also its sting!

A large estate is but like a long trailing garment,
which is more troublesome than useful.

"But godliness with contentment is a great gain.
 For we brought nothing into the world, and we
 can take nothing out. But if we have food and
 clothing, we will be content with these."
    1 Timothy 6:6-8