Monopoly Devotion: Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12

Monopoly: A Game of Time and Chance

A Study on the Book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12

5:10 “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.”

From verse 8 of Chapter 5 in Ecclesiastes, all the way to the end of Chapter 6, Solomon discusses riches. He talks about how the desire for riches can easily be connected with oppression (5:8-5:12). He also talks about how riches cannot truly shield anyone – or their descendants – from tragedy, and that no matter how much we accumulate, we can never carry it with us when we die (5:13-5:17). He reflects on how wealth is a gift from God, but just as important as wealth, is the ability to enjoy the wealth – which happens to be a gift from God as well (5:18-6:12).

Solomon’s point here is quite obvious, something we have come to expect throughout Ecclesiastes so far:

RICHES ARE MEANINGLESS WITHOUT GOD…

In line with his theme throughout the book, Solomon – the wisest, wealthiest, most powerful man of his time confirms to us that even riches are meaningless without God. And Solomon can be trusted to tell us about riches in this way; because not only was he very, very, very wealthy but his wealth was also given to him by God (2nd Chronicles 1:11-12).

There has been much written about wealth, riches and money in the Bible. In fact, most verses dealing with this topic are very popular in and around Christian circles. Many of us are familiar with verses like 1st Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil….”, Matthew 19:23 where Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, it is hard it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven,” or even Matthew 6:24 where Jesus says, “You cannot serve both God and money.” Many of us are also familiar with other verses on riches and wealth that seem to have a different perspective. Verses like Deuteronomy 8:18 “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to make wealth….”

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what the Bible actually says or thinks on this topic because they are so many verses and viewpoints that can seem contradictory at times. But if you look closely at all of them, the Bible basically says that money, riches and wealth are not evil or bad things in and of themselves, but they are things that can very, very easily replace God in your life and very easily become a source of great evil. In short, they can easily take God’s place in the human heart.

Therefore, Solomon tells us that riches without God are meaningless. The more we desire them, the more tempted we get to oppress others to get them, they are never really a 100% guarantee against anything, they are not a shield against tragedy in life and we cannot carry them with us when we leave this life. These are truths all of us need to accept no matter our age.

But Solomon also acknowledges that money can be a gift from God and that God can also give you the ability to enjoy wealth and riches. However, that is not Solomon’s key lesson for us from this chapter. His key lesson is;

it is not whether or not you have money that will make your life meaningful, but whether or not you have God

Many of us, especially those of us who are young, plan on making lots and lots of money over the course of our lives. For some, we have a get-rich-or-die-trying mentality. Many of us believe that our success in the pursuit of money will be the real marker of whether or not we were successful in life; whether or not our lives were meaningful.

That is probably why so many young Christians nowadays tend to know more of the verses that promise us wealth and tend to follow many preachers who promise the same. But, taking wisdom from a man who had all the wealth in the world at this point, and no God, it seems that each of us will be better off having God first in our lives regardless of whether or not we have money, riches and wealth as well.

In this year of Divine Appointments, a year where God is visiting us to give us LIFE that is truly LIFE, he may be changing our mindsets to save us from living meaninglessly.

  1. Are you planning to pursue money at whatever (or great) cost in your life?
  2. Do you believe that a rich life is a successful and meaningful life?
  3. Can you see how money can easily draw you away from God? What could you do to keep that from happening now and in future?
  4. Do you trust God to provide for your needs regardless of how much money or riches or wealth you have now and in future (Matthew 6:33)?

These are questions to think on and answer truthfully and Biblically as we adjust ourselves to live the meaningful lives God wants us to live.

Grace and peace fam

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