Verse of the Day Devotion: Ecclesiastes 5:10
“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.” – Ecclesiastes 5:10
Some years ago, a rich entrepreneur was asked a question regarding his goals. Not remembering the exact quote, the question was essentially, ‘You have everything you could ever need, millions of dollars, a large and fancy home, and an incredible business growing fast and prosperously. What keeps you motivated? His answer was this, “To make another million.”
This is a sad response to the question; however, I believe many more would answer this question in the same way. This person could have said enjoying time with family and friends, learning new skills, or just enjoying life. However, it appears that his mind was focused on making as much money as possible for his heart was focused on wealth.
Money is but a small part of what life is about. It should be used as a means of meeting our needs and the needs of others. Of course we should set aside some provisions for future use. “Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8. We should not take all we make and spend it, for harvests happen one or two times a year, and some should be saved for when there is no harvest. And this verse. “There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up.” Proverbs 21:20. This is saying that it is wise to put some of our money away for future needs, because if we consume it all, we shall have nothing to support us during these times.
The problem with loving money is that we will never be satisfied and will focus on getting more and more. People who love certain things will desire to acquire more of what they love. Those who love snacks will buy assorted snacks to satisfy their desire for snack foods. Those who love books will acquire books in order read what they desire, then put them away for future use. And those who love admiration will seek admiration from others. What we love we pursue as we have the means to do so. But to put all our focus on anything other than God is not wise and will take our focus from pursuing God. As the writer of Proverbs says, it is vanity. According to Strong’s dictionary, vanity is that which brings emptiness and is unsatisfactory and vain. Ultimately, loving anyone or anything more than God is empty and unfulfilling.
Let us work to place our focus on God: who He is and what we can do to give ourselves completely to Him. Nothing can ever satisfy us more than God can. And besides, as Timothy said, many have been lured away from God by its tentacles. “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10. This makes it clear that money is not the problem, but the love of it is. It is not an abundance of money, but the love of it that causes us to desire more and more, focusing on wealth rather than obedience and love for God. This life is so short, and the next life is eternal. And we have two ultimate destinations. We can be forever with God or forever separated from Him. I know which I desire. I pray you focus on life with God forever as well.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.