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VERSE:

The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.

— Ecclesiastes 5:12

THOUGHT:

Why in the world would Solomon say “the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep”? Solomon would know better than any of us, being as though he was the richest king who has ever lived. One might think that having a lot of possessions would make someone happy and sleep like a baby. However, since earthly wealth is so unstable, the more stuff you have means the more stuff you have to worry about.

When your house is consumed with possessions, your mind is consequently consumed with them as well. When your mind is consumed with earthly treasures, it’s pulled away from eternal treasures. Therefore our focus should not be on amassing heaps of earthly possessions, but instead we should focus on amassing heaps of eternal treasure.

APPLICATION:

If you think that the abundance of the rich is the road that leads to fulfillment, STOP! You are headed down a road that ends in worry and sorrow. Be content with the return of a laborer, and focus on the purpose Christ has given you.

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, help me take my attention off of earthly possessions, and redirect it towards amassing heavenly treasures. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!

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