Friday, August 4, 2017

Ecclesiastes 5:10 -- On Satisfaction and Joy

"He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity."
Ecclesiastes 5:10

This is something that we probably need to remember.  We so often dictate our actions by our desires, forgetting God's admonition to bridle our passions.  Why should we bridle our passions? ... Because, among other things, this verse.  Nothing that we desire is ever going to be enough.  If we get silver, we just want more, and if we want more toys and we get some, we'll just think that we need even more.  When we chase our desires, they just grow.

If however, we bridle them and tame them, as the analogy goes, then we can enjoy them, when and where appropriate according to God, and still have everything else that God has promised.  As we learn to do things God's way, we actually get way more satisfaction and enjoyment out of life because we don't have the desire --> sin --> guilt progression going on.  Instead, we let go of the obsession with more more more and we can focus on better, happier progressions. :)

Today, let's look to God and seek him before we look to satisfy our latest desire.  As we do this, we'll trade some false joy in for the real thing. :)

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