Today’s Reading — Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 — Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.
Some wealth comes from God (apparently on am not on God’s wealth list). Some wealth comes from family inheritance. Some wealth comes when an individual establishes becoming wealthy as their highest purpose and they simply work as hard as they can to attain that goal. One of the world’s wealthiest men, Warren Buffet, has often said that wealth is an unintended consequence of his favorite pastime – buying stock in good companies. If God can make a person wealthy, why doesn’t he just make us all wealthy when he saves us?…….. I think He does.
Today’s verse says that when God gives someone the gift of wealth — …he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart. This is true. When God blesses and we recognize the blessing our hearts are filled with God born contentment. The work of our own hands will never match that contentment.
Are you content in your heart with the gift God has given you, or are you still chasing wealth in forms He never intended for you? We often want the combo gift. We want what God has given us and……we still want what we want. God knows that wealth would further corrupt most of us (no matter how philanthropic we think we might be if we were rich), so He chooses those He will make wealthy very carefully. In His eyes, silver and gold are among the lowest of the gifts He can offer. In 1 Corinthians 12:7 Paul wrote — But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. Financial wealth is too often hoarded for individual good. God’s spiritual gifts are for the good of others.
Instead of asking God why you aren’t on the silver and gold list, why don’t you recognize and put into action the spiritual gifts He has given you for the common good of all believers. Forget the Me! gifts and seek instead the We! gifts. If you walk happily with the gift God has given you he will also keep you occupied with the gladness of your heart. Sometimes when we look at what is missing, we overlook what is present. If you are an authentic Follower of Jesus and He has saved you, He has offered the perfect gift for you. Receive the gift designed for you and His Grace and Peace will attend it and you can spend your days occupied with the gladness of your heart.
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