Can money buy happiness? Your answer to this question will determine your priorities and how you spend your time and your life.
May we never forget that the rich and poor hurt, bleed, worry, cry, love and laugh alike.
If you are human – you struggle. Though the struggles look different – the inner desire for contentment, real quality relationships, and a good nights rest are the same for everyone.
Join me on this video as we discuss 3 Ways That Loving Money and Stuff Leads to Misery:
When my children were young they begged for Happy Meals. They loved the toy inside. But the “happy meal” only made them “happy” for about 30 minutes.
As adults, our “happy meals” just grow bigger and more expensive.
We continue to need a nice dinner out, new clothing, new cars and new houses. We are content for a few weeks and then we long for something more – something new and exciting.
So we buy more and more stuff –and our houses and closets and garages and basements and extra storage units are overflowing.
The more we have – the less we can use what we have.
The more we have – Ecclesiastes 5 says, the more we have to look at with our eyes.
When we have accumulated too much, we simply cannot use and enjoy every possession we have. And the more possessions we own – the more the possessions own us as they require upkeep, organization and our time.
Money can buy many things but it can’t buy freedom from pain, contentment, peace, joy or true love.
A life lived apart from God brings no lasting joy or satisfaction. It is meaningless. Without God in our lives – we are spiritually bankrupt.
Are money and happiness connected?
If you long for more money, you will be less happy.
If you long for happiness, you will only find it in the Lord Jesus. It is better to be content and satisfied with what you presently have, than to dream about and long for things you do not have.
Live in the present.
Enjoy the good gifts God has given you today.
18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. 19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.
Do not live for money – live for Jesus.
This is your purpose and God’s best plan for you.
Remember to store up your treasures in heaven.
Eternity is a long time.
Walk with the King,
Do you struggle with longing for more money and more stuff?
How has this affected your life and your walk with God?
What else did you learn during your study in Ecclesiastes this week?