“He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness! The more you have, the more you spend, right up to the limits of your income. So what is the advantage of wealth—except perhaps to watch it as it runs through your fingers … And, of course, it is very good if a man has received wealth from the Lord and the good health to enjoy it…To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God” (Ecc 5:10-20; LB)
Money is a great subject, for both believers and the unbelievers. Reading the scripture above we draw some life enriching wisdom. First of all: The love of money is sin and foolishness; it is a snare and a torment. On its own, wealth does do not have the power to bring joy to your soul. It does not matter the amount. By itself, money was not designed to bring fulfillment of destiny, joy or contentment to any man. Wealth does not satisfy.
This is the definition of the word ‘satisfaction’: The fulfillment of a desire and the pleasure derived from such gratification; compensation for an injury or the payment of a debt. In other words, all the gold in the world is not able to fulfill your deepest desires as a human being, cannot heal your broken heart and cannot save your soul.
What then can money do? Money can buy things that perish. Property bought with money feeds your eyes. You see your houses, cars and clothes and you can touch them. That’s all! Are you ready to work two jobs only to see the things you bought with your money? For that is the only ‘advantage’ of wealth. This is God’s decree. It is not in the power of man to enjoy money. Sooner or later, money will prove to be a disappointment. It will deceive you to build your life on great dreams and hopes. But wealth alone will fail to satisfy your deepest desires. A greedy man is not able to enjoy the little he has today, for he is always distracted and disturbed by the seducing vision of more money in the future.
What is the solution then? The only way to be satisfied with wealth is to recognize it as a gift from God. It is not a reward for hard work. It is not the result of a wonder financial strategy. It is a manifestation of the grace of God! Please remember this: Health and wealth are gifts from God! In Christ, God blesses you with spiritual benefits. He saves your soul and gives you eternal life. These are eternal blessings no money can buy. But the same God, by His grace, generously provides you with health, wealth, marriage, children and other good things. These things do not come randomly. They come from God!
So, give thanks to God! If you have a job, thank God for it! If food is on your table and clothes cover your body, thank God for them! If you are not homeless, thank God for the house! If you are married (even if your spouse is not ‘perfect’) thank God! If you have even one friend, thank God for sending him!
Lastly, if you are a child of God, even if you lack all these good things, still thank God for eternal life!
In all things give thanks for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus!
In Christ I declare:
I love God!
I do not love money!
I hate greed!
My happiness depends on God and not on my bank account!
My wealth and my health are gifts from God!
My marriage, children and grandchildren are all gifts from God!
The gifts of God come without sorrow!
I enjoy my work and my ministry as gifts from God!
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want!
I am satisfied with my portion from God!
Father, from the bottom of my heart I thank You!
In Jesus name