Week Four – Day 1
TODAY’S FAST – Eat a Normal Breakfast and Only Soup for Lunch and Dinner.
Read Ecclesiastes 5:10-15.
Why do we focus on the wrong things? We work hard to accumulate money and possessions. There is a bumper sticker that says; “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Many people see that as their goal in life. We have become confused about our wants and needs. We work long hours so we can get things we don’t really need to impress people we don’t really like.
King Solomon tried it all. He had more money than anyone before or since, he had all the possessions you could imagine, but in the end it only brought emptiness. Money and possessions are not meant to be the goal of our lives. As the saying goes, “You don’t see a U-haul behind a hearse.” We are supposed to be stewards of our resources. They are not for us to hoard, or to use on ourselves, they are to be used for the benefit of others as well.
When we focus on getting more, money and possessions begin to take the place of God. We trust ourselves and our bank account instead of trusting God. We focus on getting more and we never have enough. We sacrifice the things that really matter—relationships—for the things that don’t really matter and don’t last. Possessions and money begin to grab a hold on us and they enslave us.
The great gift in giving is that it breaks the hold money and possessions have on us. God calls us to be managers, not possessors, of the money we receive. He gives excess to us so we can use it to bless others in need. What will it be like to stand before Jesus after living a life of luxury while brothers and sisters in Christ die from thirst, starvation, or preventable diseases?
Ask God to break your heart for the condition of the poor, naked, and hungry around the world. Ask Him to reveal your role in satisfying the needs of the oppressed and to show you how He would have you spend yourself on behalf of the hungry.
“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.”
Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV