The Truth about Money and Materialism
Wednesday November 6th, 2019
Read: Proverbs 27:20
In Proverbs 27:20 we read, “…just as death and destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.” The quest for “more” has led people to forget the virtues of honesty and integrity, in favour of earthly riches and fame. How can anybody escape materialism? We are a nation consumed by consuming. Time magazine notes that the average American spends $1300 for every $1000 they make.
Why do we want more, or keep spending ourselves into debt, never being satisfied? There are three misconceptions about money that lead us down a path of materialism and misery. Over the next few weeks we will look at each of these.
Misconception 1: We believe that having more things will make us happy.
The fact is that happiness is temporary. When we receive gifts, we’re happy about it in the moment but soon after the excitement fades and what brought us happiness goes as quickly as it came. Now what?
Now we want something else to fill that void. Material things are too temporal and money too fleeting to fill that void. The more you have, the more you realize money is like a drug. You’re always chasing a short-lived high that crashes in dissatisfaction. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 5:10-11, “He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness! The more you have, the more you spend.” Andy Rooney experienced this and said, “Having enough is nowhere near as much fun as I thought it was going to be when I didn’t have any.”
Material things cannot provide true joy. What can fill your heart with joy? Trust in God and give thanksgiving in worship (see Ps. 28:7). If you practice being thankful for what you have, you will soon realize how good God has been to you—and that brings joy and costs nothing.
Joy is never about money, it’s about the condition of your heart. Trust in God and give thanksgiving in worship, will you try it today?