If I had to choose between being filthy rich or being dirt poor…hmmm, let me think…I’d choose rich! Let me explain why. You see, I’m the one person who would not get all wrapped up in it; I’d still be the same lovable guy but only now I’d have my own indoor tennis court, I’d take all my Cubs fan friends to my skybox at Wrigley Field and I’d take my wife on a European tour of all the great cathedrals (a dream of hers). I’d buy each of my kids a house; pay off their college debts and give them season tickets to the Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks. It would be awesome. Is there anyone who hasn’t fantasized about being mega rich?
? King Solomon of Israel some 2,900 years ago was fabulously wealthy and he said it was meaningless! He denied himself nothing that he desired and yet all his possessions left him unfulfilled. For those of us who have never had a lot of money – conclusions like that seem to ring hollow. It’s like, “Come on!”
Why do we have such a hard time believing more money wouldn’t make our life better? Why are almost all of us convinced that riches would never draw our hearts away from God? I don’t consider myself to be a materialistic person and yet money and things and bills and debt and my financial future consume far more of my mental energy than I’d care to admit.
From our look at Ecclesiastes 5 this past Sunday the Next Step challenges were:
•?I will read through the book of Ecclesiastes this week.
?•?I will carefully read II Corinthians 8-9 this week.
?•?I will sit down with my spouse / close friend and talk about the place money has in my life.
The reason I’ve been suggesting next steps each week is to challenge each of us to not just sit under the teaching of God’s word but also to respond to it – be a doer of the word. To do anything less? We’re just fooling ourselves.
Lately I’m seeing the wisdom in a little proverb of Agur:
“Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
? give me neither poverty nor riches,
? but give me only my daily bread.
? Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
? and say, ?Who is the LORD ??
? Or I may become poor and steal,
? and so dishonor the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:8-9