“He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” Ecclesiastes 5:10
“Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire” Ecclesiastes 6:9
We were designed to only be able to find true fulfillment and satisfaction in God alone, nothing else can leave a person feeling content and satisfied. Nothing.
I really like these two verses. If we love silver (money) or if we love abundance, neither will satisfy us. And isn’t that so true! Most all of us can probably attest to that one… we wanted more, more, more. We got it (even though we don’t admit it), but then we wanted more, more, more. We’re never satisfied! We think that if only we were ‘rich like so-and-so’, THEN we’d be happy and could have everything we desire. Not really, because then we’d desire MORE, MORE, MORE. I bet God looks at us and says “Oh child, when oh when will you be satisfied and thankful and content? Your desire for more is keeping you from Me.” I want to stop desiring more of this world, but instead desire more, more, more of CHRIST! We spend so much time researching and buying new products, how much time do we spend reading our Bibles (God’s daily provision to us) and praying to Him? I’m going to bet that if we just stopped buying things, and spent all that extra shopping/ researching time in God’s Word, we’d FINALLY be content!
The second verse… Better is what we have right here and right now, than the things that we desire that we don’t currently have. The BEST gifts we have are the ones we have right NOW. Not the things that we desire to have later. Don’t think so? Try Ann Voskamp’s 1,000 gifts challenge!
Here’s some other verses that have influenced me and the way I think about “stuff.”
“Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” Proverbs 27:20
It is WAY better to get wisdom and understanding than to get riches (see Proverbs 16:16).
“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man (The American Dream?); but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 16:25
“He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat (food), let him do likewise.” Luke 3:11b
“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities (weaknesses) of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Romans 15:1
“And be content with your wages.” Luke 3:14b
“In the day of wrath… riches profit not: but righteousness delivereth from death.” Proverbs 11:4 (Only righteousness can deliver us, certainly not riches).
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6
“Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I man know how frail I am.” Psalm 39:4 (If we only knew how FRAIL our lives were, we’d probably live them quite differently. We sometimes forget that we are not promised tomorrow).