"Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income." Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NIV)
We are in the midst of a garage sale this weekend. Our household needs money in order to pay the large amount of medical bills we have accumulated over the winter. I watch my children as they continuously count the money in the cash box. One of the boys keeps writing down the amount of the sales that he thinks he is entitled to. After all, the Spiderman pajama pants were his a few sizes ago!
What I want to know is, "What makes everyone think that I am going to work my tail off to earn possibly a hundred dollars just to fork it over to the children, who have done nothing to earn it, and furthermore, are not entitled to proceeds from such sales? After all, I bought the clothes to begin with!"
My kids are not peaceful. They're fighting over quarters!
It all stems from greed - which stems from the sin in every person's heart - which stems from Adam and Eve disobeying God in the Garden of Eden. Everybody, it seems, is in love with money.
We don't deserve any of it, yet He gives us all of it. Then He asks for 10% back - which we are to give with a willing heart - and we still get to keep 90% of it.
Scripture says that those who love money - above God - will find that we never have enough. We can be billionaires but it still won't be enough. Why? Money cannot make us happy, truly happy. Only love for God, through Jesus Christ, can give us lasting and permanent happiness and peace.
When we put the Lord first and foremost in our lives, our needs will be met. And we'll be at peace.