Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 28th, 2017
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NIV)
Whoever Loves Money
If we were to ask many people the question, “How much money do you have?” we would likely get a common answer: “Not enough.” The pursuit of more and the dissatisfaction with what we possess drives society. We run out of places to store what we buy. We demand the new thing and the latest gadget. The Scriptures caution us that no amount will ever satisfy without putting the Lord first. Read Matthew 6:33 alongside this verse.
Canada’s first currency was playing cards. Back in the days of New France, these cards were specially cut and signed by the governor in 1685 to supplement the chronically short supply of French and Spanish silver coins then used as the main medium of exchange. Although the value was supposedly guaranteed by the colonial government, in an attempt to pay for the Seven Years War, the government issued vast amounts of this playing card money, resulting in worthless currency and rampant inflation.
We live in a day where the average person here in Canada is wealthier than the wealthy in years past. We live like kings. So it might surprise you to hear the words of King Solomon from 3000 years ago, in Ecclesiastes 5:10: “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” When a person makes a god out of money, there is never satisfaction. Love of money only leaves a craving for more. This is the case with anything materialistic. Boaters joke about having two-foot-itis. No matter the size of their boat, they always want one two feet longer. Only in a relationship with the one true God, through faith in Jesus Christ, do we experience complete satisfaction. Jesus fills the longing of our lives completely and all we long for is a deeper relationship with him. As Solomon says, the longing for greater wealth, a larger bank account, a higher salary, is meaningless. You will never be satisfied. Instead, turn your heart, your longings, over to Jesus. You will find that in Him your deepest longings are met.
These have been words from the heart.