Ecclesiastes 5:10 – He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
When we are guided only by our flesh we find that there is nothing that can keep it satisfied. In our materialistic society, there is no where we can go to escape the marketing and the many efforts to convince us to buy things to make us happy. Or is there? The answer may lie in the sacred.
Jesus said, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15). Therefore no amount of stuff will ever make you more or less valuable in real terms. An abundance of things may sometimes make certain activities easier, but it just as often makes us lazy and insensitive to others, because once we have an abundance of things we often care more for the things than for others. Putting more importance on possession versus relationships is the heart of covetousness.
Instead, “Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away” (James 1:9-10). In all things we should give thanks and rejoice not nor mourn for our physical state. Rather we should rejoice in the Lord who strengthens us. Give Him thanks.