“Whoever loves money never has money enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
This too is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 5: 10
The above was written thousands of years ago, but is still relevant for us today!!
We all wish we had more money for something!!! At the moment there are many that would like more money to make their house and car payment, put food on the table and/or pay for medical and car insurance!
This verse, I feel though, is not speaking about our needs but about never feeling content with what we have, always wanting more! We feel we are entitled to…
… go out to dinner whenever we want,
… go to every movie that comes out,
… purchase whatever we want before we have the money in hand…
God speaks to this temptation. He knows, without Him, we will never be filled, never have enough, we will never be satisfied, there will always be more we have to have to be happy! Happiness is for the moment! It doesn’t last! God offers us more than happiness, He pours out His JOY, PEACE, CONTENTMENT, HOPE and so much more on us, in the midst of the troubles we are going through! He makes us feel COMPLETE, WHOLE and CONTENT!
Paul sums it up beautifully
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4: 11- 13
As the Study Bible notes say, “Prosperity, too, can be a source of discontent!”
Father God, we Thank You for the money we are able to earn. We ask for Your discernment in how to use it! There are many who are struggling with making ends meet and we Trust You to take care of them! We ask You to help us to be good stewards of the money we have been Blessed with! Your church needs money to function… food banks need funds to replenish for those in need… Missions need money to help Your Children here at home and in far away lands… homeless shelters are in need… the list is endless on where Your money can be used!
We ask Father that as we enjoy the life You have given us we don’t get wrapped up in OUR wants, our vacations, our toys, …. Help us to stay focused on what is really important and what will bring us the greatest Joy and Contentment….helping others and SHARING what You have already given us!!
In Your Son’s Sacrificial Name we pray. Amen.