Many crave riches, popularity or any number of things. Yet “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow to it” (Proverbs 10:22)
Before you get the idea that I am saying following Christ means lots of wealth, I am not saying that. Yet I will tell you, the little I do possess with the Lord’s blessing makes me feel very wealthy and prosperous and blessed even if I am not a rich millionare.
Infact, I feel my lot is very blessed without lots of money. Contentment and joy in what blessings we do have is happiness. After all, to always crave more, is disatisfaction and sorrow.
For example, there are people who seem to have it all, yet they still feel empty, sad, and envy others even! Yet we think they would not be the kind of people that would be disatisfied since they have so much already. Yet the truth is, it is not a possession issue, but a heart issue.
We can aquire much yet still thirst for more! That is not a problem of merely possessions or gaining more to he happy, rather it shows us that something in wrong inside us when we are like that.
The blessed person is not one who can get more, but rather rejoice and find enjoyment with what God has already blessed them to enjoy!
This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.
Here is how sin corrupts us all as human beings,
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Lets examine what this truly means. For one, apart from the abundant life Jesus teaches comes from him in John 10:10, we are hungry to fill the void with all sorts of things that may numb us but not satisfy soul hunger.
“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come to give them life, and life abundantly” (John 10:10)
The abundant life is not made up of what we get, how much money we make or what we gain in life but by being in this wonderful relationship by faith in Jesus who loved us, and gave himself for sinners, we taste a love that satisfies the soul!
Before that we had the task of “Chasing the wind” and pursuing elusive happiness in idols of the world, possessions, money, this thrill or that, sex, excitement, for some alcohol, drugs, romantic attachments. We all I am sure have had a variety of things we chased to try to make us happy.
Many non Christians even have said “I just want to be happy” and isn’t this so human though, being made in the image of God, we long to be happy. There is no sin in this yet sin causes us to seek this in things that are not God, things that will fail us, things that do not truly fill our heart’s void!
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 –
God created every human being with a desire for immortality and happiness. Even the sinner has some semblance of God’s divine finger print.
What Jesus came to do was to redeem us from sin that has marred us, and deformed us to do wrong. Yet the Lord is gracious, full of mercy and compassion and wants to restore our true life to us!
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7:37-39)