“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless” Ecclesiastes 5:10
Growing up on a farm provided many life lessons. Once, while watching a man drive a truck, it was actually on the muddy ground, and suddenly the truck was about to get stuck. It didn’t take long before the wheels of the truck began to spin on the muddy road.
In a matter of moments, the man had gotten the truck stuck in the mud. He tried relentlessly to get the truck out of the mud, but the more he accelerated, the more the truck sank. What he thought would make things better actually ended up making things worse.
Ecclesiastes 1:8 says, “All things are wearisome, more than one can describe; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear content with hearing.”
The allure of wealth is similar. Solomon experienced the allure of wealth, but he also discovered that wealth could not bring true happiness and satisfaction. In Ecclesiastes 5:10, the wise king stated that if you make gaining wealth the focus of your life, it will never truly satisfy. Much like my experience with mud, the more you run after money, the more you sink. Instead of making things better, the extreme love of money causes more problems.
Is the pursuit of wealth the focus of your life? If so, ask God to help you seek Him as the source of true happiness. I don’t mean happiness in vanity now because what will make you happy if all you gathered for years could not be taken to a place after death. While the pursuit of wealth will ultimately be a waste of time, the pursuit of God will never be wasted. Follow God and have true happiness. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
1. Father, help me to set my priority right and trust in You as the source of true happiness.
2. Psalm 112:3: Oh Lord, wealth and riches are in your house, help me enjoy it to the fullness in Jesus name. Amen.