READ: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (v7-8)
- Solomon may well have been the wealthiest man ever. According to today’s market, the 666 talents (@39,000 pounds) of gold Solomon received (in one year) would be worth over $700,000,000. That was his income from other kings, in just one year. That didn’t include his net worth—his assets. Solomon had the wealth of the world at his fingertips. Not merely in money, but in slaves and herds and possessions.
- The world is enamored with wealth. People pour into the United States seeking the American Dream—wealth. Listen to the blurbs about most of the “talent shows” (AGT, American Idol, Dance, etc.). They all promote their $1,000,000 prize and a stage on which to perform. The stories of those who come are about getting rich, changing their lives, having…anything. People watch the stock market, some on a minute by minute basis (besides those who work in the financial management world).
- Wealth has become the driving motive behind education. No longer do people go to school to develop their minds. People don’t learn in order to become more well-rounded individuals. People go to school to find a career that will pay them well. The state of Illinois is promoting higher base salaries for teachers (if anyone deserves better pay—it’s teachers) because people won’t go into a low-paying profession. We are enamored by millionaire athletes and performers. But in the end—it’s chasing after wind.
- How many of the more than 2600 “stars” can you name from Hollywood’s Walk of Fame?
- Why do you think people are so drawn to being wealthy?
- Who is more greedy, those with wealth or those wanting wealth?
PRAY: Thank God for what you have (however little or much). Pray for a spirit of contentment in a world filled with discontent. Ask God to help you as you pray Proverbs 30:7-9.