The one who loves money is never satisfied with money, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile. Ecclesiastes 5:10
Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 gives us seven reasons not to devote ourselves to getting rich.
- Seeking wealth is an endless quest and those seeking are never satisfied.
- The more you have, the more consumers around you who care only about your money.
- Once you have an abundance, all you can do is look at it.
- Worry and anxiety keep you awake at night, your thoughts are consumed with your money and investments.
- The more you have, the more you risk. In one deal you could leave your children with nothing.
- You can’t take it with you!
- The love of money will leave you in darkness with much sorrow, sickness, and anger.
The bible goes on to tell us that you are better off not to have been born than to love money and wealth. Why? Because when you love money and wealth, there is no happiness. It is a life without joy and a life that is wasted. How sad and how true for many people even believers.
These verses speak to me and I wonder how much is enough? Am I content with what I have or better yet, what I don’t have? I truly want God to be my focus and if money comes with that, praise The Lord. This is the attitude that I desire for my mind and heart.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 Here is what I have seen to be good: it is appropriate to eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor one does under the sun during the few days of his life God has given him, because that is his reward. God has given riches and wealth to every man, and He has allowed him to enjoy them, take his reward, and rejoice in his labor. This is a gift of God, for he does not consider the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with the joy of his heart.
What’s more important, the love of money or wealth or joy in your heart? You cannot serve two masters. Choose the better one today.