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“Riches are Meaningless”
Wow, that is a pretty powerful statement.
As we become entwined with human nature, we might be ready to argue this thought.
After all, all our problems would be solved if we just had a little more money, right?
King Solomon wrote Ecclasties. He was the wisest man that ever lived and one of the richest.
Please read the following verses and see if we can follow his logic
Ecclesiastes 5:8-20
8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.
9 Moreover, the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field.
10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver;
Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.
This also is vanity.
11 When goods increase,
They increase who eat them;
So what profit have the owners
Except to see them with their eyes?
12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet,
Whether he eats little or much;
But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep.
13 There is a severe evil which I have seen under the sun:
Riches kept for their owner to his hurt.
14 But those riches perish through misfortune;
When he begets a son, there is nothing in his hand.
15 As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return,
To go as he came;
And he shall take nothing from his labor
Which he may carry away in his hand.
16 And this also is a severe evil —
Just exactly as he came, so shall he go.
And what profit has he who has labored for the wind?
17 All his days he also eats in darkness,
And he has much sorrow and sickness and anger.
18 Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.
19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor — this is the gift of God.
20 For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart. NKJV
Can you comprehend some of the wisdom the Lord God gave King Solomon?
Whenever, we are tempted to be unsatisfied unless we have more, come to this book and see how unhappy this wise, rich man could be when he relied on himself instead of the Lord God.
Solomon had 300 wives and 700 concubines.
Most of these women didn’t believe God and they actually pull Solomon away from the Lord God.
In physical stuff, he had it all.
But it sure seems he walked away from the Lord and trusted himself more than he trusted the Lord.
You who have ears, may you hear. Amen

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