Eccl.4-6 what's Wrong with Money

WHAT’S WRONG WITH WANTING WEALTH?
Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12            July 30 2006

Solomon stated that wealth cannot satisfy
People’s deepest longing or the problems of
the poor, and excess creates longings or the
problems of the poor, and excess creates
problems for the rich as well. Solomon noted
that some who have great wealth are not able
to enjoy it. Some die with so little that their
families are not even able to provide them
with a decent burial. Both the wise and the
poor give themselves to the futile pursuit of
wealth and never seem to get enough.

1. Results From Envy (Eccl.4:4)

Eccl. 4:4   Then I saw that all toil and all skill in
work come from one person’s envy of another. This
also is vanity and a chasing after wind.

The drive to keep up with the Joneses is as old
as the Book of Ecclesiastes. Many people work
hard only because they want to have more , bigger,
and better thing than their neighbors. Proverbs
27:20 warns that “people’s eyes are never
satisfied.” We must guard against allowing the
desire for the material trapping of success to
drive us to unreasonable and even self-destructive
efforts to get ahead.

2. Leads To Corruption (Eccl. 5:8-9)

Eccl. 4:8   the case of solitary individuals, without
sons or brothers; yet there is no end to all their toil,
and their eyes are never satisfied with riches. “For
whom am I toiling,” they ask, “and depriving myself
of pleasure?” This also is vanity and an unhappy
business. 4:9   Two are better than one, because they
have a good reward for their toil.

The general idea of the verse’s seems to be that
while corruption inevitably grows in the dark
recesses of government bureaucracy, government
is still necessary . It is better to have government,
even with its imperfections , than to have anarchy.
A few may profit from corrupt practices , but
people are best served by a king or organized
authority. A good king can address and stem the
tide of corruption. He can help bring stability to
the land (Prov. 29:4,14 ) and insure that the profit
from the land benefits all–both ruler and people.

3. Breed Dissatisfaction (Eccl. 5;10-13,17,19-20)

Eccl. 5:10   The lover of money will not be satisfied
with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This
also is vanity.  5:11   When goods increase, those who
eat them increase; and what gain has their owner but
to see them with his eyes? 5:12   Sweet is the sleep
of laborers, whether they eat little or much; but the
surfeit of the rich will not let them sleep. 5:13   There
is a grievous ill that I have seen under the sun: riches
were kept by their owners to their hurt, 5:17   Besides,
all their days they eat in darkness, in much vexation
and sickness and resentment. 5:19   Likewise all to
whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he
enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find
enjoyment in their toil —this is the gift of God. 5:20
For they will scarcely brood over the days of their lives,
because God keeps them occupied with the joy of their
hearts.

Wealth does not satisfy. whoever loves wealth,
Solomon said, is never satisfied with his income or
with the things money can buy (Prov.27:20). The
reason things cannot ultimately satisfy the deepest
hungers of the human heart (Eccl. 3:11). Jesus said
that “one’s life is not in the abundance of his
possessions”(Luke 12:15). The one who dies with
the most toys does not win , but only leaves more
stuff behind.

4. Deprives of Enjoyment (Eccl. 6:1-2)

Eccl. 6:1   There is an evil that I have seen under the sun,
and it lies heavy upon humankind: 6:2   those to whom
God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that they
lack nothing of all that they desire, yet God does not
enable them to enjoy these things, but a stranger enjoys
them. This is vanity; it is a grievous ill.

To make matters even more troubling, Solomon said
that a stranger would enjoy this man’s wealth, a
condition meaning that he either had no heir (Ps.49:10)
or had suffered the loss of his fortune to a thief. This
man’s situation cautions us against spending our lives
seeking popular acclaim and material Possessions
because these do not guarantee life’s ultimate
enjoyment.

Summary:

Ultimately it is our relationship with God–not
things–that brings joy. those who accept their lot
in life and enjoy God’s blessings are less likely to
be preoccupied with their mortality or depressed
by the fact that like is brief. Rather , they look to God
for the wisdom to enjoy and make the most of every
day (Ps. 90:12).