In my effort to understand Ecclesiastes more I realize how deep the writer goes into all things of the world being worthless when we enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The second part of the fifth chapter has the writer discussing earthly riches:
If you see the poor oppressed, rights violated and justice perverted in the province, don’t be surprised; for a high official has one higher watching him, and there are others above them. But the greatest advantage to the country is when the king makes himself a servant to the land.
The lover of money never has enough money;
the lover of luxury never has enough income.
This too is pointless.
When the quantity of goods increases, so does the number of parasites consuming them;
so the only advantage to the owner is that he gets to watch them do it.
The sleep of a working man is sweet, whether he eats little or much;
but the overfullness of the rich won’t let them sleep at all.
Here is a gross evil which I have seen under the sun: the owner of wealth hoards it to his own hurt.
Due to some misfortune, the wealth turns to loss;
and then if he has fathered a son, he has nothing to leave him.
Just as he came from his mother’s womb, so he will go back naked as he came,
and for his efforts he will take nothing that he can carry away in his hand.
This too is a gross evil, that in every respect as he came, so will he go; thus what profit does he have after toiling to earn the wind? All his life he eats in darkness, in frustration, in sickness and in anger.
This is what I have seen to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, drink and enjoy the good that results from all his work that he engages in under the sun for all the days of his life that God has given him, for this is his allotted portion. Also, everyone to whom God has given riches and wealth, along with the power to enjoy it, so that he takes his allotted portion and finds pleasure in his work — this is a gift of God; for he will not brood over the fact that his life is short, since God keeps him occupied with what will bring him joy. Ecclesiastes 5: 7-19 (CJB & OJB) (8-20 all others)
I know this will not shock you but we are in a world where this is happening daily. Even more so in our current situation where the super-rich are influencing the world. The writer is letting us know that the love of money will lead to pain and suffering, but riches gifted through labor and trusting in God through the ability to balance all things in this world and the spirit will bring joy. Those who understand that God provides the health and welfare to be able to work, gain, and give, will live a long, satisfying life. Those who toil without seeing God’s handiwork will be left with nothing. If that individual made time to have a family, they will also be left with nothing.
Ok, I know that there are some very wealthy families in the world and some of those families use their money to influence decisions (yes it happens). I believe the writer would call the Rothschild’s, Bilderberg’s, Soros’ and other’s lives, meaningless. They will leave this world in complete turmoil if they are allowed to continue.
I know this is cliché but you seriously cannot take earthly riches into the next world no matter how hard you try. Things of this world do not exist in the next. There are many who are living comfortably without a care in the world because technology is doing the work for them. How dreadful their life will be when this all comes tumbling to a halt and those that labored for God while suffering ridicule and persecution will be the ones living in the comfortable arms of our Savior.
The point of all this? Live and work for the Glory of God not self-indulgence. It does not matter how much you make, what big person toys you have, nor how big your house is. Those things will pass away. What stays is the impact you have on those you blessed with your last penny, you extra clothes, gave shelter to, talked to about Jesus and His impact on your life.
Our bodies decay, material things rot. God’s Love and His Word are eternal. Which would you rather be a part of?