Ecclesiastes 5:10-6:9

 Bricks of Gold

Can meaning in life be bought with money?  Meaning isn’t paved with bricks of gold.  The things you long for the most, can not be bought.  Solomon gives 5 reasons that the love of money is meaningless:

  1. Much wants more.  Those who want to get rich fall into a snare, getting tangled in the root of evil.  Money is an addiction.  In the end days, men will love money and not God.  (Ecc 5:10; 1 Tim 6:6; 2 Tim 3:2; Ecc 6:8)
  2. Much spends more.  Have you ever noticed, that the more money you earn, the more you spend? (Ecc 5:11)
  3. Much worries more.  Those who have money worry about how to make more of it. (Ecc 5:12)
  4. Much loses more.  The more you have to invest, the more risky your potential loss.  Tommy Nelson suggests you consider this thought with regard to your income, “Have you ever considered that one of God’s great mercies to you is that he restricts the amount of money you make?” (Ecclesiastes 5:13-14)
  5. Much is no more. The rich man will leave empty handed, just like the poor man.  At death, we take nothing with us. (Ecclesiastes 5:14-17)

Cobblestones of Contentment

Meaning in life is paved with cobblestones of contentment.  Contentment is learned and the secret to contentment is acknowledging that you can do all things through Christ. (Phil 4:11-13)

Contentment comes through recognizing that the following are a gift from God:

  • The ability to earn a living.  Don’t take for granted that God has given us the ability to work.  If we have food and drink we shall be content. (Ecc 5:18; 1 Cor 6:8)
  • The ability to enjoy life.  If my attitude is right, life is sweet and I can be content. (Ecc 5:19)
  • The ability to envision reality.  Better what you have than what you don’t have.  Better the real than the unreal. (Ecc 6:6,9)

Chuck Swindoll sums it up best:

“Money can buy medicine, but not health.  Money can buy a house, but not a home.  Money can buy companionship, but not friends.  Money can buy entertainment, but not happiness.  Money can buy food, but not an appetite.  Money can buy a bed, but not sleep.  Money can buy a crucifix, but not a Savior.  Money can buy the good life, but not eternal life.”

Meaning isn’t paved with bricks of gold, it’s paved with the cobblestones of contentment.