We are taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and offer this daily devotional in the interim. We will resume our study of Mark after the first of the New Year.
Money Answers Everything?
“. . . money answers everything.” Ecclesiastes 10:19
Christmas has come and gone! For many, this was the great day of celebration honoring the birth of Our Lord Jesus. Families gather, presents were opened, carols were sung, and as a result, it is a day of genuine happiness. But not for everyone.
For others, this was not a day of joy; rather it was another day of disappointment. In the midst of that disappointment and even despair, it is easy to agree with Solomon when he wrote in this chapter of Ecclesiastes, “money answers everything.” “If only there were money, the celebration could be good! If only I could be rich . . . If only I could be king. . . .” It was to those who believed that struggles could be erased with enough money and laughter that Solomon wrote, “Woe to you O land, when your king is a child.”
It is a childish idea to believe money answers everything. Money can provide food, shelter, and clothing, and even put packages under the tree. But money can’t protect from disappointment, disillusionment, and despair. Money can’t fix a broken soul or fill an empty heart. No one really knows how much money is worth until discovering how little it can buy. Whether in abundance or lack, don’t complain, compare, or covet. Instead, say thank you to King Jesus.
If your land—your life—is ruled by the immaturity of a child, then things that can be purchased with enough money or experienced with enough wine and laughter can make you happy and satisfied, at least for a time. But if you want your life to be about more than the moment or the things you own, then you need another King who is not a child.
The great news of this day is that there is such a King. This King is Jesus. He is the One who is able to bring order and meaning to your life in such a way that genuine laughter will be heard and a feast of deep satisfaction can be enjoyed.
Have you asked King Jesus to come into your life?