Monday I taught a lesson to some seniors comparing the cost of college to the expected income that comes from a high school diploma verses a college education. We had some interesting conversations. More than once I heard a student say they just wanted a high paying job. Making good money is on aspect to consider in a job search and while I’d venture to say most of us would love to make a bit more, I find contentment in a job means more that accumulating wealth.
Solomon had much to say on practical every day life and on the pursuit of riches. As a wise man, Solomon was on observer of mankind but he also learned many lessons from experience. He wrote-
“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” Proverbs 23: 5
I love how Paul echoes a similar thought-
“Command those who are rich in this world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17
Yes, money often makes life easier and we can find enjoyment with it. But our hope should not be in our riches or in our pursuit of riches but in God. Riches without God won’t satisfy. Yet I see so many consumed with this pursuit. I don’t want to go there. Let us set our eyes on God not on riches.
Lord, thank you for a good job that fulfills me and supplies the money to pay the bills and find enjoyment in life. Teach me to keep my eyes set on you and not on the pursuit of money or the accumulation of stuff. Only You can truly satisfy. Give me wise words to help guide students who will soon go out to make their way. Amen