So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. ~Ecclesiastes 2:24-26I then went to my new favorite Bible companion, Matthew Henry's Commentary On The Whole Bible, to see what it had to say. This is what he wrote:
The best use which is therefore to be made of the wealth of this world, and that is to use it cheerfully, to take the comfort of it, and do good with it. With this [Solomon] concludes the chapter. There is not true happiness to be found in these things. They are vanity, and, if happiness be expected from them, the disappointment will be vexation of spirit (an angry spirit). But he will put us in a way to make the best of them, and to avoid the inconveniences he had observed. We must neither over-toil ourselves, so as, in pursuit of more, to rob ourselves of the comfort of what we have, nor must we over-hoard for hereafter, nor lose our own enjoyment of what we have to lay it up for those that shall come after us, but serve ourselves out of it first.Reading from these two sources makes me realize that I do not need to focus on gaining material things but rather focus on what the Lord has provided and how I am using what He has given me for His glory. By doing so, He will continue to bless me. I hope that what I have written makes sense to you. I encourage you to use your possessions well, rather than toil to increase them just to show how much you have. God bless!