The vanity of money

Vanity parades before the world, and many fall for its lure, forgetting that such pride displeases God.

This vanity is akin to a termite, slowly consuming everything good and rendering it useless, just as it corrupts the hearts of the vain.

He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

Ecclesiastes 5:10

Scripture in 1 Timothy 6:10 states, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” This teaches us that those who love money above all else lose their humility, as their eyes are fixated on wealth. “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.” Psalm 138:6

This is a profound truth. Many wealthy individuals have humiliated others, denied them food, and exalted themselves, only to be humbled by God.

When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?

Ecclesiastes 5:11

King Solomon understood these words well, surrounded by the powerful and wealthy who did not share their riches. However, those who help their neighbors and remain humble are blessed by God, their households abundant with His blessings.

The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

Ecclesiastes 5:12

The righteous, even with little, sleep peacefully, while the rich, consumed by worry over their possessions, find no rest. It is not wrong to have means for survival, but one must remain humble and supportive of family and neighbors. Each day, we should ask God to help us stay humble, assist the needy, and not love money, but use it wisely.

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