Materialism

Ecclesiastes 7:2  

2It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.

King Solomon teaches that a wise king like him knows that it is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting. Did Solomon imply that a wise king should ignore feasting? No. Solomon has experimented and concluded in Ecclesiastes 5:18, 18This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. He also added in Ecclesiastes 3:13, 13That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

We can eat and drink anytime. That’s easy! But, to be satisfied in our toil is exclusive. Employees protest at workplaces proves that they are not completely satisfied at some point. Some protesters are not necessarily underpaid or have the worst benefits. Take politicians for instance. They receive higher salaries and better benefits than most of their constituents. But still, some of them are accused of or charged with graft and corruption. Why? Have they not found real satisfaction? Why do they want more? Can we experience real satisfaction?

Materialism is vain pursuit. It offers temporal and limited relief. Extensive satisfaction transcends materialism like high salaries or best benefits. Real contentment comes from God exclusively. The wise king goes to the house of mourning rather than to go to the house of feasting because he has proven that indulging with materialism can’t satisfy human craving. The wise King Solomon has proven that there’s greater life beyond materialism. Get serious in your personal relationship with God—the Giver of unending contentment. Don’t be limited by materialism. Seek Christ. He offers rest in Him and sustains all things needed for godly life. To have rest in Christ is satisfying experience of a lifetime that surpasses wildest imagination.

Lord Jesus, help me grow in my relationship with You.

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