In this episode, we consider wealth from the perspective of wisdom. What do we discover when we take a close look at what money does to us and for us in this world? The Teacher in Ecclesiastes shows in Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9 that money can corrupt our morals (5:8-9), money loved cannot satisfy (5:9-12), money lost can darken our days (5:13-17), money has limits that leave us discontented (6:1-6), and mankind has insatiable longings that money alone cannot fulfill (6:7-9). Money can be enjoyed (5:18-20), but only if our primary appetites are satisfied first. As Jesus says, money comes awfully close to becoming a god for most of us. But “you cannot serve God and money” (Luke 16:13). While the popular opinion is that money brings happiness, the increased responsibilities and anxieties of managing more and more money might actually make us more unhappy. Maybe money’s not all it’s cracked up to be. The Teacher invites us to consider our views of money and what kind of life we assume it will produce for us. He confronts us with our appetites, desires, and loves and asks us to take a close look at our money ambitions and bank accounts: Do you love money? And where does your love of money lead you? Will having a great income guarantee you happiness or only leave you more unsatisfied than you were before?
The Love of Money
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