Spirit & Life Devotional
Thursday, 15 October 2015
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Keeping Things In Perspective
"Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun." Ecclesiastes 2:11 NKJV
Solomon was the richest man in the world in his time; he acquired male and female servants, he had servants born in his house, he had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before him, whatever his eyes desired he got them. Solomon did not withhold his heart from any pleasure. But surprisingly, he looked on all the works that his hands had done and on the labours; and he said that all was "vanity and grasping for the wind". He said "there was no profit under the sun."
A man met Jesus and said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” Then He turned and said to everyone, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Brothers and sisters, I know that we all desire the good life; we want to own assets and acquire properties; but it's very important that we keep things in perspective. God is not against us owning and acquiring possessions, what He's against is when we are possessed by those things. Some people are crazy about certain things; and some will rather die than give up their belongings: and then there are those who are greedy and covet what doesn't even belong to them. Such should never be descriptions of us.