Get Rich or Die Trying – šŸ’¼

Today’s blog may give you some insight into the reality of ‘Get rich or die trying’ mentality that many people are sprinting to achieve. The facts are taken directly from the words of theĀ wisest man in the Bible – KingĀ Solomon. Inspite of his OWN personal wealth and riches (and he had the real deal as noted by Queen of Sheba – she couldn’t believe it, and decided to go see for herself. She was so impressed by what she saw, her overall review was ‘The half has not been told’), and Solomon having seen ALL the things that were done under the sun, came to the FINAL CONCLUSION – that ‘wealth and riches were MEANINGLESS, a chasing after the wind.’

What an eye opener this should be for us as humans whoĀ fight, kill, steal, beg, and become unscrupulous in our business dealings to obtain wealth and riches –Ā ALL of it will be meaningless. Why? Money cannotĀ satisfy the hunger of the soul. It’s like running after that oneĀ thing, and once you achieve it –Ā there still a void/emptiness – ‘a chasing after the wind’.Ā Many young people have just ONE goal – get rich or die trying.Ā 

To support King Solomon’s views in 2016 …let’sĀ look at Hollywood today. Put your TV on, or grab a magazine or newspapers off the shelf – witness the messy lives of the celebrities who’veĀ got it all. TheĀ wealth, riches, fame, status, marriages, and all that goes along with the rich and famous lifestyles. It ALLĀ leads to hopelessness,Ā depression and heavily addictions to hardcore drugs. 1. Many die by self inflicted wounds. 2. Those who have concerned and caring Ā people in their lives – check into rehabs desperately trying to recover from their addictions. 3. The FEW who remain under the watchful eyes of the camera … the emptiness in their lives eventually spirals into disaster. They have veryĀ Ā public meltdowns – making them victims of manic depression, and other mental illnesses.Ā 

Wealth, fame, money, house, cars, planes, etc cannot fill the void in our lives. ONLY OUR CREATOR understands the emptinessĀ in all of our lives. Why? Because He’s the One who knitted our bones together, and left that hole in us – that we can find God. God created us to serve Him. There’s purpose to our existence.Ā Refuse to let Satan try to influence you to run after wealth and richesĀ to fill the emptiness of the soul…it only leads to unhappiness, and an unfound craving for something more. The more factor is Jesus.

Let’s consider the following verses from King Solomon to support the myth – Get rich or die trying theory:Ā 

  • ā€œDonā€™t let the excitement of youthĀ cause you to forgetĀ your Creator.
  • Honor God in your youth beforeĀ you grow old and say, ā€œLife is not pleasant anymore.”Ā 
  • Ā Remember HimĀ before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dimĀ to your old eyes, and rain clouds continuallyĀ darken your sky.
  • Remember him beforeĀ your legsā€”the guards of your houseā€”start to tremble; and before your shouldersā€”the strong men – stoop.Ā 
  • Remember Him beforeĀ your teethā€”your few remaining servantsā€”stopĀ grinding; and beforeĀ your eyesā€”the women looking through the windowsā€”see dimly.
  • Remember him beforeĀ the door to lifeā€™s opportunities is closed,Ā and the sound of work fades.
  • Now you riseĀ at the first chirping of the birds, but thenĀ all their sounds will grow faint.
  • Remember him before you become fearful of fallingĀ and worry about dangerĀ about danger in the streets; before your hair turnsĀ white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energyĀ like a dying grasshopper, and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire.
  • Remember him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral.
  • Ā Yes, remember your creator nowĀ while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken.
  • Don’t waitĀ until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well.
  • For then the dust will returnĀ to the earth, and the spirit will returnĀ to God who gave it.ā€ā€­ā€­ Ecclesiastesā€¬ ā€­12: 1-7

Finally, when you hear a voice saying to you, “Everyone is doing it”, tell yourself loudly, ” Everyone is not. Your life has purpose, and there’s no purpose in running after the wind.” Wealth and riches are meaningless. We return back to dust, and our spirit returns to God at the end of our existence here on earth.Ā 

2 thoughts on “Get Rich or Die Trying – šŸ’¼

  1. Junie, such sobering thoughts help to put life in true perspective. In the end, relationships matter, beginning with our relationship with our Creator, the Author and Finisher of our faith.


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