More Money, More Problems

For what are you working?  Are you working to get rich?  To have an abundance of things or money?  Solomon says that those who have an abundance don’t get a very good night’s sleep.  Why do you suppose that is?  I think it is because they’re constantly worried about what might happen to their stuff or their money.  As rap icon Puff Daddy once said (more or less) – more money, more problems.
It’s true, you know.  The poor man who has very little does not have to worry about the things that the rich man has to worry over.  If you don’t have much, there’s not much to steal.  If you don’t have much money, you don’t have to worry about what the stock market does.  You have fewer worries because you have stronger faith.  Why is that?  It is because when you have little, faith may be all you have and you soon discover that faith is all you need.
Don’t be jealous of the rich and wealthy.  They may have champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but they have more worries and fears, too.  You may struggle to get by, but if you will trust in the Lord to provide, you’ll find that He gives you all you need.  I think that this is why Jesus said to pray for “daily bread.”  He tells us in Matthew 6:25-34 to not worry about the things of this life.  He compares us to birds and flowers and says that God knows what they need and He provides.  Since we are so much more valuable than the birds and the flowers (for God sent His son to die for us and not for birds and flowers), then how much more will He provide for what we need?  He will provide – we must simply trust and believe.
So do not wish your life away for wealth and riches.  Solomon puts it so well when he says:

Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb,
    and as everyone comes, so they depart.
They take nothing from their toil
    that they can carry in their hands.​ – Ecclesiastes 5:15 (NIV)​

You can’t take it with you, so don’t waste your life pursuing the things that people will one day fight over (or take to The Antiques Roadshow to try and figure out how much they’re worth so they can sell them).  Pursue relationships – both vertical (God) and horizontal (people).  Trust in the Lord to provide what you need (which requires a healthy understanding of what you need).  God is good and He will take care of you.  You’ll sleep better tonight knowing that.

Ecclesiastes 5:11-15 (NIV)

As goods increase,
    so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owners
    except to feast their eyes on them?

12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
    whether they eat little or much,
but as for the rich, their abundance
    permits them no sleep.

13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun:

wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,
14     or wealth lost through some misfortune,
so that when they have children
    there is nothing left for them to inherit.
15 Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb,
    and as everyone comes, so they depart.
They take nothing from their toil
    that they can carry in their hands.


1 Response to “More Money, More Problems”

  1. 12.31.2009 at 2:11 PM

    and yet Ecclesiastes also says “If God grants us wealth and possessions and also grants the ability to enjoy them, by accepting our lot and being happy in our work, this is God’s gift to us.” Kohelet is not advocating poverty. He is warning us against pursuing death. “It is better to enjoy what we have than to chase what we lack.”

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