10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. 11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? 12 The sleep of a abored man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. 13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. 14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. 15 As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. 16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath abored for the wind? Ecclesiastes 5:10-16
Many people trust in their bank accounts to get them through life. The more they have the more they want. A rich man is never satisfied with what he, he is always wanting more; a bigger home, nicer cars or fancier clothes. Some people get obsessed with what they have and what they want.
Reading this made me sad especially to realize this is how our world is today. Everything in society is based on materialism. The ones who do not have much wish they were rich. The rich are usually not satisfied or happy with what they have.
The more I thought of this I realized that many Christians usually fit into this mold also. Everything is centered on them, not around the Lord. The last verse of this section sums it up with: … in all points as he came, so shall he go... We can’t take it with us. The only thing we can take with us is what we have done for God. (I Corinthians 3:12-15)
Make money your god; it will plague you like the devil. ~ Henry Fielding
Our incomes are like our shoes; if too shall, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip. ~ Caleb Colton
Don’t get caught up in this materialist world. Yes, we need money and some “things” to live but we need to see the whole picture, where is our main focal point? What do we do with the money we have?
Let’s pray and ask the Lord to show us how to use our incomes wisely.
Have a blessed day,