Today’s Scripture: He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? Ecclesiastes 5:10-11

Our flesh can never be satisfied. No amount of earthly goods we obtain can quench the fleshly thirst for more. Our selfish desires will never be satiated because things cannot satisfy. No matter what you gain, there is still a feeling of emptiness. Solomon, after living a life indulging in his every desire-wealth, power, fame, and women, looked back on life and declared it empty. Instead of providing happiness, his desires continued to drive him further.

If our desire is monetary gain or the accumulation of things, it will never be enough. Instead, we read that with the acquisition of these things comes an increase in things that will deprive us of them. Not only does buying a more expensive car cost more, it also is more expensive to insure. There is a reason many people that win the lottery end up in bankruptcy in only a few years-they receive a large sum of money they don’t know how to handle.

Instead, the only benefit of the riches is being able to look at them. How much better does a Ferrari get you from one place to another than a nice cheaper car? Not much! It might handle a little better and be more exciting, but it costs much more to keep, maintain, drive, and insure. Yet, we all look on and admire a nice looking car without thinking of all the extra costs involved.

Let’s not be guilty of longing after the things of this world-they are temporary and cannot satisfy our soul. Instead, let’s be content with what God has given us and use it for His glory.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder