"He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough."- Proverbs 28:19
It seems that in modern day America that this verse has been proven false. Millions of people "follow" vain persons on facebook, twitter, TV, and other forms of entertainment; and yet we live in an age of amazing abundance.
This verse is literally true even if we can't see it today, but there is also a spiritual aspect that is true even now. I remember my grandmother saying, "We were very poor but everybody else was too, so we didn't know it." It seems to me that when we look at the things everyone else has (especially these "vain persons") then we dwell a lot more on what we don't have. Hence, we feel impoverished even in the land of plenty. Let's keep our eyes on Jesus and our fingers in the dirt - then our focus will be on the blessings that He provides.