Sinners Amassing Wealth for Us to Handle?

Ecclesiastes. 2:26-27To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and store up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.

Ah, this passage makes me smile. I have long desired wisdom, knowledge and God’s kind of happiness; I think He’s granting these to me too. I see here that this indicates He is pleased with me.

How odd then that, He assigns to sinners the task of gathering up wealth to hand over to such as myself. God has His own ways of seeing to it that funds are dispersed to those who will do it His way. I do not have to strive after wealth, for at the right time God will turn some over to me to handle as His good stewardess.

Assuming that you are reading this because you are like me, I can then say with confidence that you and I can focus our attention on working with the wisdom and knowledge God gives us. As we have opportunity, let’s prepare our hearts and minds for when we will obediently spend and distribute His wealth for Him. We can practice now with whatever we have at hand.

Nor should we fret when sinners are amassing wealth that we feel is not being used wisely. God may suddenly plunk that wealth into our hands. Will we be still be wise and glad givers then?

What God Wants Rather Than Gifts

Psalm 51:16-17.You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Sacrifices for God have their place, but He doesn’t want them at all in comparison to how much He desires from us a broken or humble, repentant spirit, and a contrite heart.

If you grew up in a home where costly gifts were how you expressed love to one another, this may be hard to understand. You might be inclined to think, I’ll give up something really dear to me, or that cost me a great effort – lots of work – and then God will know that I want to please Him, my worship will be obvious to Him.

No. That’s not what we learn here. God would rather have us be humble and contrite before Him, confessing our sin and weakness, and leaning on Him.

Most people are afraid of being so dependent and bare, so we avoid this state and attitude. Yet it is the very thing God prizes the most. The one thing we can all give Him if we but let go of our pride, and humble ourself to admit we need Him.

Then God smiles, for He is able to use us for great and mighty deeds then!

Priceless Individuals

Psalm 49: 7-8No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him – the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough – that he should live on forever and not see decay.

Now there’s a great Pro-life poster!

The point here right now is that there is no way we can give or pay God a ransom for another’s soul. The soul is just too valuable to God. The point especially here is that we might wish to ransom a soul so that it could live forever and not die. This is truly impossible for us. We cannot give God anything that will save someone from death. We may be able to give God many things, (mostly He wants us to give our love and devotion and obedience), but there is nothing we can give God for a human soul.

Perhaps we need to ponder that a while, so it sinks in; a human soul is priceless in God’s eyes.

He Himself paid the ultimate price by dying for each and every one of us – assuming we receive it, – this proves that He is willing to pay the nth degree to bring us to eternal life.

Again, pause to absorb how immense is His love for us humans!

So then, it follows that if we want to give like God, we need to give all we can muster towards the sharing of the gospel of salvation, so that people can hear and believe this good news of God’s gift of eternal life. Each one that is won to faith in Christ is a priceless addition to God’s row of trophies and matchless treasures!

Nothing will please God more than if we help someone to trust in His ultimate gift of His Son’s life given for us, and thus add to God’s Great Big Wonderful Family of Adopted sons and daughters.

Now we know how to spend our money! Use it to assist in the work of spreading the Super Good News so that priceless individuals can be redeemed.

Doting with Delight on the LORD

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

At first glance, this sounds like a wonderful blank check from God. It sounds like an easy and simple purchase order for getting all that we ever really want. How hard can it be to delight ourselves in the Lord?

To delight ourselves in any person, including the LORD God, means to get all wrapped up in that one. To spend all our time getting to know that one, discover their likes and dislikes, and to cater whole-heartedly to their every wish.

Have you ever watched a doting parent (or auntie) play with a child. If the child is a toddler, the parent may be playfully, slowly running away, and the child is reaching and chasing after them. When the adult sees the child is getting tired or discouraged, they turn around and pick the child up and smoother them with kisses and cooing expressions of love. If the child says, “Drink!” the parent hurries off with the child on the arm, to find some water. When they talk together the adult focuses only on topics of interest to the child. That adult is delighting in the child.

The scene could also be an adult child with an elderly, or dying parent.

The point of these illustrations is that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, our self-centeredness will vanish. We will want what He wants, and be enthralled with His plans and goals. And our marvelous LORD God, is of such a nature, that when we desire His will, He is happy to give us the desires of our heart.