Chase wisdom and Christianity, not money

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income.” (Eccl. 5:10).  Many people think that money will solve all their problems, but that is not the case.  I know a millionaire who always says that with more money comes more problems, and I believe that.  There is also the issue of “for-money-friends.”  Those are the fair-weather type of friends who will surround you like a pack of hungry hyenas.  They will gladly help you spend your money until it is exhausted before deserting you faster than you can say “parasite.”  Rich people are not always happy. Their marriages aren’t always secure. Their children don’t necessarily act better. Suicide still occurs.  And yet, because they have never experienced riches, many think that life as a wealthy person automatically includes peace and happiness.

They play the lottery religiously each week and even go to casinos to gamble money they do not have in the hopes of hearing the familiar sound of a machine hitting the jackpot.  They will also hop from one job to another for one or two more dollars per hour if they think it will get them closer to their goal of “financial independence.” The problem is that financial independence is a fluid concept that moves in relation to money earned, so it is an elusive goal no matter the size of your bank account.  I say that because the more you make, the more expensive your tastes become.  Win the lottery, and you will not be satisfied with your present living conditions.  No longer will you stay in your tiny house and drive your used vehicle with 100,000 miles on it.  You will find a much bigger home and a fancy car to match your new wealth.  Your clothes will cost more; you will buy expensive everything and dine in the best restaurants.

You will quickly find those leeches who become your new best friends as you throw the “poor” old ones to the curb.  The result of all that will be the same financial pinch you are in now, relatively speaking.  You will continue to seek more wealth in order to achieve that ever-elusive financial independence.  Just as Eccl. 5:10 states; you will never be satisfied with your wealth.  Happiness cannot be found in banknotes.   I am not saying be poor and never to try and better yourself financially, and neither does the Bible teach that.  Solomon was a man of God and one of the wealthiest people who has ever lived, so wealth per-sae is not the enemy.  The true enemy is your attitude toward it.  That is clearly seen in 1 Tim. 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

The message is that you should not seek riches to the exclusion of your family and other relationships and, more importantly, your spirituality.  Happiness is found in contentment and spiritual commitment, as witnessed in Heb. 13:5, “Keep your life free from the love of money and be content with what you have.”  The author is not saying that you cannot improve your financial situation, but doing that while being content with what you have will ground you and not change you into a “money-chaser” monster.   Don’t chase money.  Chase wisdom and Christianity instead.

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