Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.
Solomon has already concluded how money is meaningless, but now he is going to talk about several myths we believe when it comes to our wealth (or lack thereof). Most people will believe one of these lies when it comes to money – that money will bring satisfaction (V. 10), that money will solve every problem (V. 11), and that money bring peace and security (V. 12). As someone who has been poor, one could easily argue these points, but in the end it’s meaningless. We’ve already mentioned this, but Solomon had more wealth than anyone could ever think about having. So it would be good for our soul if we listen to his instructions.
Money is one of those topics that people get nervous about, partly because it reveals the direction of their feet. Remember that in verse 1? Watch the direction of your feet, or watch the direction of your spending, because it will reveal what you are pursuing and worshiping. Jesus said in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, whatever you value and whatever you’re spending all of your money on will determine the essence of your heart, affections, and discipline. Furthermore, that will determine your worldview. So, if your affections are on earthly things, then your mind will justify a life that focuses on the temporal.
Do you know how I know this is true? Because we can justify buying new clothes or a new car, but we have a hard time giving a single dollar to a kid in poverty or we have an even more difficult time giving to our local church.
How can you shift your view on money to be less focused on yourself and more focused on the kingdom of God?
“God has said he will never leave us, and if we have him we possess all things. Who has need to be covetous when all things are his, and God is his?” – Charles H. Spurgeon