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Ecclesiastes 6:1-2

 

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 

A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor,

So that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires;

Yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a foreigner consumes it.

This is vanity, and it is an evil affliction. 

 

Pardon me for stating the obvious, but "the obvious" is really true as I sit down to write to all of you this morning.  The more time I spend in the Scripture, the more I realize the power and wisdom of our God, with regards to every subject that crosses our path in this earthly life.  I have always been a "reader" of God's word.  More importantly, I have become an avid "studier" of God's word.  There are so many wise prophets and teachers that have penned the Scripture through Divine inspiration.  I think about all of them every time I sit down to write something.  I pray that God will make me "wise" every time I share any thought with all of you.  Solomon was one of those wise prophets.  Having David as a father, was both a blessing and a challenge, but Solomon seemed to take the best qualities away from both his earthly and heavenly dads!  Solomon seemed to learn much from David's mistakes.  While the author of Ecclesiastes is never identified, Christians and Jews alike, believe Solomon wrote the entire book.  Ecclesiastes is certainly about Solomon's life, and the vivid detail in the writings tells us that Solomon is the most likely writer.  Solomon seems to share very practical teachings in Ecclesiastes, making us aware that it is difficult for man to "put it all together" without Godly help and gentle, persistent reminders.  Our Scripture today is a shining example of great wisdom.  The Bible is full of references to money and its use.  As a matter of fact, it is the second most talked about subject in the Bible next to praise and worship to God and His Son Jesus Christ!  Two-thirds of Jesus' parables are about money.  It seems, that from the beginning, Satan has used money as his "tool" for dividing God's people and separating them from their Heavenly Father.  Always remember that money is not the root of all evil.  It is the LOVE of money that causes us great pain and tribulation. Today, Solomon tells us to beware of "unused" wealth.  Simply put, Solomon says that if you have accumulated wealth that is not being used for God's Kingdom, you are displaying nothing but vanity, which is an evil affliction.  When I was in full-time sales years ago, I made an observation that is true today.  There is a "worldly-imposed" limit on tithing!  What do I mean by that?  It has been my experience in both ministry and business, that the proportional amount that people give to God goes DOWN with the amount of money people make.  Many tithe on $30,000 per year.  Few tithe on $100,000 per year.  How can that be?  Isn't tithing the same Biblical principal, regardless of how much you make?  Yes it is, but our Scripture today explains that vanity takes over.  We all know that a well-maintained $10,000 car will get us around just as well as a $50,000 one!  But when God gives us wealth so that we want for nothing, we seem to forget these obvious facts and let vanity take over.  So is this really such a bad thing?  After all, no one is dying, right?  Wrong!  Giving to God is a spiritual principle that is required and necessary for our spiritual growth.  Giving requires us to sacrifice.  It requires us to proclaim that God must be greater and we must be less!  God does not need our money, but Satan does.  Everything Satan does is fueled by our greed and vanity.  Here comes the tough question.  Is your spiritual growth being hampered because you literally wake up every morning and go to work to pay for all the "wealth" you have accumulated?  How many of us get up with the joy of Lord, knowing that a lot of what we make at our "Caesar" job today will go to help build God's Kingdom?  Many Godly people are faced with destruction of their soul, family, and "Family of God" relationships strictly because of vanity.  Many of you know I am speaking from personal experience.  Several years ago, I became "vain."  God called me away from that vanity and I left a $450,000 per year salary to take a full-time ministry position of $42,000!  I wondered if I would ever be able to live.  Guess what?  I am and it is wonderful!  I work everyday for the Kingdom and God provides my daily bread, just like He promised.  So, go listen to Carly Simon's song, and ponder the opening line.  When she sings, "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you," ask yourself a life-changing, Godly question.  Is the song about you?