Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”
Watching the flow of money being spent by people can be quite revealing.
Much of the world seems out of balance when it comes to money. It is promoted and marketed that money can buy happiness when the evidence is the exact opposite.
Millions of dollars are being pumped into the stock market in hopes they can win big on their investments.
The money being spent to further the campaigns of those running for public office is astronomical.
Some will risk their entire fortunes on a lottery system whose very odds make it impossible to win. Take the lottery winners of the past. 95-99% of the winners are worse off from having won than they were before. Why is that?
Some will cite the inability to manage large sums of money. Others will say that the appetites of those were insatiable – unable to be satisfied.
Hollywood struts about with their lavish lifestyles, immoral behavior, and luxurious living. Yet, for all that, many commit suicide, spend millions on retaining their youthful looks and end up miserable and alone.
Some will gather possessions to quench their desire to be happy, only to find that the good feelings fade after the initial purchase.
Many will pour themselves into jobs and careers only to find their most important relationships died because of neglect.
Solomon took note of all he saw around him and found that the pursuit of happiness was not found in money or things.
Ecclesiastes 6:7 “All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.”
There was no satisfaction in any of it.
The Apostle Paul had position and power in the Jewish religion. He could have risen to possibly become the High Priest in time. Yet, God had other plans. Paul’s heart was pricked when he saw Stephen and how he died.
Though accused contrary to the Hebrew religion, Stephen preached Christ with a boldness and power Paul had not experienced. When facing certain death by stoning, Stephen looked up and related what he saw:
Acts 7:55-56 “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”
After Paul’s conversion, he wrote more than any other New Testament writer. He started churches, maintained, and sustained them both monetarily and through his teaching and preaching.
He speaks to this subject of satisfaction this way:
Philippians 4:11-12 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
Satisfaction and contentment go hand in hand.
When we are satisfied, contentment follows. When we are unsettled and unsatisfied, we become agitated, uneasy, anxious, and short-tempered. Our expectations go unmet. Our view of the people around us becomes skewed to what they can do for us, instead of how we can serve them.
When we remove the expectations and receive that which we are given by the hand of God, we can rest in the truth of God’s Word.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
When I know that God will supply all that I will ever need on this earth, I can look to help others without worrying about what I will wear or where my next meal is coming from. When my basic needs are taken care of, I can focus on what really matters – relationships.
Ever wonder why that one can be so calm in the face of disaster?
Job revealed his inner peace because his heart wasn’t set on who he was or what he owned. His life was deeply rooted in his relationship with God. The devil sought to sever that relationship by removing all that one might hold to on this earth.
Yet, when Job lost house, family, and friends, he still clung to God by faith.
Are you presently satisfied with your life, or do you want more? Solomon shares his wisdom to tell us that to pursue satisfaction in anything other than God is vanity.
Which begs the question:
“How satisfied are you with God?”