September 9, 2019

A Dissatisfied Lover

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 9, 2019 

Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 5:10 

Money is a lover who never brings satisfaction. In fact, the more we love wealth the less fulfilled we feel. Why? Because money is not meant to replace what only God can do. Anything or anyone who compete with Christ’s affections will only bring sorry to the soul. Money can buy a house, but not a home. Money can purchase pleasure, but not peace. Money can acquire stuff, but not eternal security. Money can be a submissive servant, but is a tyrannical master. Money always demands more, leaving us with less to invest in time and love for the Lord and people. 

Solomon knew from experience the farce of trying to gain more wealth to find fulfillment. More replaced discovering a deeper love relationship with God and others. In Him alone, is the soul satisfied. Material possessions only complicate life and fuel worry. Meaningless is the outcome of chasing money, only to discover real meaning comes from pursing intimacy with our Creator and His creation. Affections that compete with the Lord arouse His divine jealousy and love. Solomon’s life went full circle, as he came back to the start of his faith walk with these words: 

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Is your satisfaction based on an undependable and erratic lover, or on your dependable and unchanging Savior and the loving Lord Jesus Christ? Your loving Lord is a satisfying suitor. The love of God grounds you in His grace and truth. Unmovable. Unchanging. Undeterred. Solid. Satisfaction is the fruit of a soul content in Christ. No need for more when you have all you need.  If enough money for retirement is the driving force of your life, retirement will be unfulfilling. Each season of life is satisfying when you learn to rest in the reassurance of being His beloved. 

How do we stay fulfilled in our intimacy with Jesus? Just like a satisfied husband and wife never stop dating, so Christ and His bride never stop courting. We long for time and attention with the lover of our life, the Savior of our soul. Our affections are captivated by pure affection from above. Seek solitude. Be still. Listen in silence. See the face of perfect love: Father, Son and Spirit all loving us in their unique ways. Wisdom, forgiveness and comfort are satisfying. Love from above brings fulfilling love on earth. Oh yes, meaningful, meaningful is our Master’s love!

“As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness” (Psalm 17:15).

Prayer

Heavenly Father, bring me soul satisfaction by Your love, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Application

How can I grow my affections away from wealth to my riches in Christ?


Related Reading

Proverbs 13:4; Isaiah 53:11; Luke 6:21; 3 John 1:10


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