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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Today's Verse : Ecclesiastes 5:10


May 10, 2012

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth
is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
-- Ecclesiastes 5:10

We have examples of those who used their wealth wisely and who
generously blessed others and honored God in the process -- e.g.,
Barnabas in Acts 4, see also 2 Cor. 8-9 & 1 Tim. 6:17-18. But, the
New Testament repeatedly warns us about our desire for wealth.
Unrestrained, this desire can become our god and lead us to ruin (1
Tim. 6:9-10). It can become full-fledged idolatry (Col. 3:5).
Chasing after wealth is just another vain attempt to make life
meaningful. In the last two verses of Ecclesiastes, the Wise Man
reveals where true meaning is found and explains what Paul means
when he says, "Godliness with contentment is great wealth." (1 Tim.

Almighty and generous Father, thank you for blessing me so
richly. Please fill my heart with your generosity so that I can be
a conduit of blessing to those in need around me. Guard my heart
from greed, selfishness, and envy so that I may receive your gifts
with thanks and share them with joy. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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