I can’t speak from experience in many things. I just don’t know that much. I haven’t done that much, so that makes me an authority on almost nothing. And most of the things I am really well versed at, no one should do. That leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to helping others find their way in a constructive manner. Thankfully, we have the Bible.
In Ecclesiastes we have some great wisdom from someone who is speaking from experience. Solomon the writer of most of Proverbs also wrote this book. Solomon became the most powerful king on earth in his day. He was crazy rich and had the blessing of God on him because he asked for wisdom when God told him He would give him whatever he asked for. In this book, from this author we get this subject:
The futility of wealth.
Solomon knew quite a bit about wealth. He was the richest man on the planet for a number of years during his life. So he can speak from a great perspective on this topic. Look at what he says:
“Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. 9 Even the king milks the land for his own profit!
10 Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! 11 The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers!
12 People who work hard sleep well, whether they eat little or much. But the rich seldom get a good night’s sleep.
13 There is another serious problem I have seen under the sun. Hoarding riches harms the saver.14 Money is put into risky investments that turn sour, and everything is lost. In the end, there is nothing left to pass on to one’s children. 15 We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.
16 And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing—like working for the wind. 17 Throughout their lives, they live under a cloud—frustrated, discouraged, and angry.” Ecclesiastes 5:8-17
If I were to make the same statements as above it wouldn’t have the same meaning. I could be taken as someone who would never be rich just hoping to tear down what being rich is like so it looks noble not to pursue it.
But Solomon was the Warren Buffett or Bill Gates of his day. He had all the money. And he is saying these things, “…what good is wealth…”, “…the rich seldom get a good nights sleep,” and “We can’t take our riches with us.”
The question must then be asked: Are we making more decisions that show we are pursuing wealth or God?