GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT
Eccl 5:10 – He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
Insight and Highlight
Eccl 6:7– All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
Any pursuit of life is a pursuit of the wind when God is not in it.
Every human being has the propensity to prioritize strength over God.
Until we understand the Divine principle that though Paul planted, Apollo watered, God gives the increase (1 Cor 3:7), almost all life's achievements, though may appear successful, will end up in futility.
Solomon teaches that it is not everything the eyes see that the eyes can get. The eyes see yet are not satisfied with seeing and so do the ears with hearing, Eccl 1:8.
Furthermore, everything his eyes saw, he desired and he got himself every pleasure he needed.
He took delight in his hard work, he received rewards, but when he looked at what his hand had accomplished he found everything futile, nothing to be gained, a pursuit of the wind, nothing gained under the sun Eccl 2:10-11.
In Eccl 4:8, he said a man found himself lonely having no one to bequeath his wealth to, yet he was not contented with his wealth, he kept on pursuing and later saw himself and his labor miserable.
Solomon's problem started on 1 Kings 11. Solomon had everything but when godliness was missing in the chronicles of the latter end of his life, fulfillment and contentment were nowhere to be found.
Do all you do but put God first. When you do, you will never end up in vanity.
When God is absent in any human endeavor, everything becomes "...vanity upon vanity, all is vanity (Eccl 1:1).
Call to Word action
When the labour of a man is just for his own mouth, his appetite cannot be filled, Eccl 6:7.
Luke 12:15 – Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
The Christian clarion duty
Solomon teaches and warned that a man can be covetous with his own well-gotten wealth if he refuses to refrain his eyes from all he desired, Eccl 2:10– "...whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them.
1 Tim 6:6 – But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Lord, help me to walk in godliness with contentment, in Jesus' name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day.
God bless you.