Ecclesiastes Devotional Guide: Week 5
*Every week during our 12 week series in the book of Ecclesiastes we will post a devotional guide that week for the passage that was preached on the most recent Sunday. We encourage you to engage this book of the Bible more fully by walking through this devotional each week after having listened to the sermon on Sunday.*
What are your thoughts toward money and possessions? Do they seem to mean everything to you, providing you with a certain lifestyle you crave? Are they a means to fulfill some deep longing in your heart for comfort, ease, security, or pleasure? Do you want to be rich so that you can buy nice things to impress others? Is gaining wealth important to you because then others will view you as successful or a self-made man or woman? These are important questions to ask ourselves because Jesus tells us that our relationship to money is indicative of the deepest desires of our hearts (Matt. 6:21). And the deepest desires of our hearts are reflective of our relationship toward God. How we desire, make, and spend money can often reveal where our hope and trust truly lie: God or wealth.
Solomon in Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12 discusses these topics and shows us the futility of looking to money to satisfy our deepest longings. Having money is a great gift from God, but it is no place to put our hope. As our bank account increases so do our cares, worries, and problems (Eccl. 5:10-12), tragedy can strike at any time and we could lose everything (Eccl. 5:13-14), whatever we make and whatever we buy cannot be taken with us when we die—we were born with nothing and we will die with nothing (Eccl. 15-17), there are no guarantees that just because we make money that we will be able to spend it or enjoy it (Eccl. 6:1-6), and, ultimately, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income” (Eccl. 5:10). Wealth is a great gift but a terrible god.