“A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”Ecclesiastes 2:24-25
To say Solomon acquired great wealth as King of Israel would be an understatement.
Just a few paces into Ecclesiastes, the swag starts to pile up. Whatever the world’s known GDP was at the time, there’s no doubt he had his kingly seal on a big percentage.
The problem wasn’t that he had too much as much as it was his inability to enjoy it all.
God holds the lock on enjoyment. The human soul maxes out at a lower point of enjoying material things more than we imagine.
A large work of grace of the work of God in our lives is not necessarily to increase material (although that sometimes does happen) as much as it is to enlarge our capacity to enjoy what we already have.
You will spend yourself if your goal is to get rich or pile up material things without the blessing of God. Money and material things aren’t wrong by any means but there will be obvious issues if your gratitude wallet stays the same size.
The next time you find yourself asking God for more be sure to ask for the ability to enjoy what he’s given you through an expansion of gratitude.