Eccl. 5:10-11 Those who love money will never have enough. How absurd to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what is the advantage of wealth—except perhaps to watch it run through your fingers!
Those who love money have a lot more problems than they ever imagined. The love of money is insatiable. There is no end to the want for more. It drives a person to do things that they otherwise may not do in order to get more. It breeds selfishness. It hinders a person from getting close to God. It keeps people from getting close to other people. It causes a person to take advantage of others for personal gain. Money takes on such prominence in one’s life that nothing else really matters. Those obsessed with money find they can’t really trust anyone like they should and need to.
In addition to money becoming a driving force in one’s life, it deceives one into thinking that there is a magical amount that once obtained will make a person happy. It is absurd to think that anything but God can make one happy.
Also, the more money a person has, the more people there will be to come alongside of you to help you spend it. People come out of the woodwork when they discover you have money. Our world is very adept at promoting ways for us to spend whatever money we have. People everywhere make all kinds of promises about how they can help make your life better if you give them money. People take advantage of people with wealth all the time. The allurement of being able to make more money by giving away money entices many to make foolish decisions. There are those who lay a guilt trip on people of wealth in order to get money from them.
So, what indeed is the value of obtaining much wealth? It will never satisfy the longing of the soul for peace and contentment. It will never deliver on its promise to make one happy. It can never fill the place of God in the heart. Only those who find their peace, contentment and joy in Christ will find true happiness. Only in Christ can one find a reason to live. Only in Christ does one discover how to deal with money in a way that both pleases the Lord and brings a sense of pleasure to the soul.
If you are driven by a desire for money, ask the Lord to change your heart’s desire today to a desire for Him. Ask the Lord to help you put Him above all things. Ask Him to take His rightful place in your heart. Delight yourself in the Lord and you will find what you are searching for in life, both now and eternally.