“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10) That doesn’t seem quite right does it? We somehow think that if we had money we would be satisfied – at least I will admit to feeling that way at times.
Particularly if finances are low or there is a big repair bill pending, the pressure for financial security can loom very large. We may feel that if only we had a hefty savings account to fall back on everything would be okay.
But if it’s true, why are so many rich people so unhappy? Why do those who win the lottery often admit later it was more a curse than a blessing? Why does suicide exist in every financial strata of society – even among the well heeled?
I don’t think the problem is with the money itself because practically and realistically we all need it. God has designed life that way and he is an abundant God – not miserly or stingy with us. God wants us to live life to the fullest and that includes meeting our financial needs.
The problem is the love of money. That is quite different. Loving money means we are looking to IT rather than looking to God. Loving it may mean hoarding it, being ungenerous, using it as power over people or to create the illusion of security. No matter how much we have we need to hold it loosely because it could be gone tomorrow.
Try this: think back to the happiest moments of your life. Does even one of them have anything to do with money? Mine don’t. Viewing money that way, what’s to love?