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The Sojourner Blog

Love of Money - the Path to Misery

Posted by Steven Light on

Solomon was acquainted with misery.  “I hated life” he writes in Ecclesiastes 2:17, and he wrote about how to get there.  One particularly slippery path to misery is captured by Ecclesiastes 5:10  “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income…” 

Solomon’s argument is tough to get around.  An increase in riches often brings an increase of trouble (5:10-12).  Furthermore, you may spend your years in constant sacrifice to amass wealth only to have it stripped away (5:13-17).  And to top it off, look at the person who has “wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them…” (Ecclesiastes 6:2).  Yes, all you need to do is look at the wealthy person who somehow has failed to find joy in it all.  Beware of the love of money.

A fallen world in which “all the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied,” (6:7) is not a world in which lasting satisfaction can be in food, drink, riches and wealth on their own.  The love of money and all it offers will always leave you coming up short.

But when we recognize that this world is that way because of our sin (Genesis 3:19), and that there is a God over all against whom we have sinned, and yet that this very same God is the giver of all good gifts, then a new path begins to open.  It is the path of contentment. 

“Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil - this is the gift of God.” (Eccl 5:19).  Notice that the true gift of God is not just whatever he has provided for you.  The true gift of God is also the power to enjoy it; to be content with today’s provisions, whether great or small.  Dear friend, if you want to experience that gift and leave the path of misery, you need to know the gift of Jesus Christ and the true contentment of a life redeemed from sin.

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