Will Richness Bring True Happiness?

by: Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.

In Ecclesiastes 5:8-20, King Solomon argued that a covetous person never obtains enjoyment from his wealth. The more his wealth increases, and so his anxiety will also increase. In verse 12, The rich are constantly concerned or always worried about their plenty. So, they usually never sleep at night, and also during the day. For they have to be constantly on guard in protecting their riches from the ever-growing bad people who would try to take away from them. Their worst imagination is when they might also lose their one and only life.

Great power comes great responsibilities. In this case, the more you have, the more you worry about what you have, and the more you want to protect what is yours. It can easily deplete and dissipate you. This passage represents someone without Christ.

Looking at the verses of Ecclesiastes 5:13-14, Solomon states how senseless and empty it is to gain or garner riches. King Solomon had seen how the acquisition of money had brought misery. Striving after money is evil Money and possession became his idols to serve. Eventually, these desires of money and riches will only destroy. Solomon emphasized this by referring to a person who had carefully treasured up and hoarded his wealth and then lost it all, through some tragedy or disaster.

Jesus resounded this standpoint in Luke 12:16-21. Riches, if rightly acquired should be thought of as Blessings from the Lord, and these blessings are given, and they should be used properly and correctly. However, the rich young fool piled them up unto himself. Woefully, most people follow this behavior. He should use the blessing for the glory of God. The truth was, he was rich yet his soul was empty. It’s zero. This man had provided for the flesh but he hadn’t provided for the soul. How many rich Christians sadly fall into the same category?

In Luke 12:20 states, “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? (NIV)’ The Lord is saying the same to all who follow in the train of covetousness.

In verse 15, Solomon Asserted that even if wealth were not lost. He could not take his richness with him even a very tiny piece of it when death approached him. Psalms 49:17 states, “For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him (NKJV).” This means that riches, fame, power, and glory, count as nothing, because from dust he came, and to dust, he will return (Genesis 3:19b ).

Everyone of us enters the world with nothing, and leave the world with nothing. This is the reason that Jesus said to lay up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-20). God means for man to enjoy life but only if men will seek after the Lord, obey His words, and seek His will. The enjoyment will surely come because of what God put in his heart.

In verse 19, is a passage that God does in fact give some people riches so they can help others. God gave us the ability to breathe, work and enjoy life. It is prideful who take credit for what God has given. In verse 20, the only things of this life that will be worth remembering are those things that are done to God.

As we come to a conclusion in this passage. King Solomon (The preacher ) recommends the adoption of a perspective that will allow a person to enjoy the simple things in life. The keywords of this message are; God and Gift. All of us must view or look at all of the possessions as a Gift from God. Although they are NOT the source of Joy. We should focus more on the Giver which is the Lord than the gift. To God be the Glory!

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