Almost everything we need today requires the need of money. Think of it; food, shelter education, job, business, celebration etc. But money has been the enemy of billions of people in our world today.
Do you believe that money is the answer to everything?. Well, many Christians wonder why the wisest and the richest man ever to live on earth(King Solomon) make such an assertion.
This very assertion “money is the answer for everything” sparks a compelling argument among Christians and even nonbelievers.
In this post, I would like to consider the possible reasons why money is said to answer all things. On the contrarily, taking a deep look into our lives—money cannot answer every single thing in our world today.
I do not stand to disapprove what the King(Solomon) has said. But considering it contextually makes everything right in its place. Solomon was not wrong to say money answers everything.
What Do You Feel About Money?
Money has been part of our transactions and other businesses for about 3,000 years ago. The first money in history is believed to have been minted in the 5th, 6th century by Lydia’s King Alyattes. According to the Bible, King Solomon reigned in the early 10th century.
We all do know the power of money in our world today. It can do a lot of things. Solomon was filthy rich and no one has ever reached the level of his wealth— considering the trend of richest men in the world; not even Rockefeller.
No one would ever say he/she doesn’t need money. That person would be a big liar?. Without money how can you buy food? pay bills? buy clothes or seek for a place to sleep?. Even the most essential needs of mankind require money.
What do you think is the reason behind people waking up from the bed and keep themselves busy with work?. To earn money to survive, to feel happy and put many other things in place.
Money has classified us into groups; the rich, the middle class and the poor. You will surely belong to one of these three categories of people. Where do you belong?.
Why Would Solomon Ever Say Money Is The Answer For Everything?
Like I said earlier, contextually he enjoyed all the pleasure anyone could find on earth. His wealth, wisdom and fame spread all over Israel and overseas. Women, wine, feasts, servants etc. were common in his Kingdom.
He adorned himself with gold; composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs(1 Kings 4:32). And made greater achievements through his money and wisdom.
After all his splendor, he concluded that everything is vanity under the sun. The most important thing is to fear God and obey his commandments.
“Feasts are made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything“ (Ecclesiastics 10:19).
He also believes earning money without being vigilant or wise is a calamity.
“Of what use is money in the hands of a fool, since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom?” (Proverbs 17:16).
Money Cannot Answer Everything
This is not a contradiction but to clarify the stance in which one will agree with the fact that money is the answer for everything or money is not the answer to everything.
Upon all his wealth he failed to win the heart of the Shulamite who was a wife material to her poor boyfriend. She was still a virgin then. This simply means money can not by true love, neither can it buy peace, respect and almost all the virtues you could think of.
Let us not forget that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Don’t lose your self trying to get rich.
“Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none.”
—Richard M. DeVos
“Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.”
It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”
You and I would agree with the writer of ecclesiastics that money is the answer for everything, yet cannot answer everything. It sounds paradoxical. Money can not buy any of the gifts of God available for his Children.
Money is good. If you have it— be grateful to God; if you don’t have it too be grateful to God. But remember that God never wants you to be poor.
You can use your brain, energy and the help of God to come out of poverty and any financial constraint you are facing in your life today. Stay blessed and don’t forget to share.