Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
Solomon,the richest man in the world during his time, would know about the pitfall of money. He knew money did not bring satisfaction. He repeats the same theme from Ecclesiastes 5:10-16. "He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver;..."
Solomon tells us this is common among men, one receives riches, wealth and honor and he needs nothing or so he thinks. He obtains "everything" yet never gets to enjoy what he has. Solomon calls it an evil disease.
This week, after saving for this trip for many years, my husband and I are traveling. We are enjoying the beautiful sights of our country. During our travels we saw mansions of the very rich and shacks of the very poor. I do not know the hearts of either but I do know what Gods says, the more one has the more he wants. The more one has the more he needs to protect all he owns, it is a vicious circle.
When my son was young he had a paper route. His route was in a very affluent part of town, security gates and cameras surrounded the properties which bordered the ocean. One day as my son got into the car after delivering the paper to a wealthy family he said, "Mom, we are richer than the ___ because we have Jesus." Out of the mouth of babes (Matthew 21:16)
Are we concerned about our riches and station in this life? What would your attitude be if you lost everything? Do we realize that we are richer than the ____?
My Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). It is not about how much money we can accumulate but how much Jesus accumulates of us.