“Ugh. Why did I just say that?” I think to myself and then the “I’m not going to show how embarrassed I am” smile gets forced onto my face, followed by silence for the next few minutes, in an effort to make up for the words that just came out of my mouth. Had a moment like that? I’ve had more than I wish to confess.
“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” -Luke 6:45
The first part of Ecclesiastes 5 spends some time warning us to watch…what…we…say. Read all of it here.
Our words have meaning. They reflect what’s going on in your life. If you say it to God, He will keep you accountable to fulfill it, much to your dismay or delight.
“Do not let your speech cause you to sin…” -Ecclesiastes 5:6
The second part of Ecclesiastes 5 talks about money.
What feeling do you have about wealth? Good or bad?
“Earthly treasures are precarious and bring disadvantages; they produce anxiety and pain. They disappear through bad business and are left at death. They can even produce fear.” -John MacArthur, study notes in The MacArthur Study Bible
Does that last thought resonate with you at all? Were there ever times when you became anxious over money or finances? Anxious over your possessions? We all have at one point!
In this chapter, our focus is redirected to God as the source of wealth; as the source of our abundance.
Whatever you have, whatever you’ve been given –your words, your friendships, your finances, your talents — spend them wisely knowing it’s God who’s given you grace to enjoy them!
Enjoy this weekend!