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 the wisest man in the Bible – King 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 who fight, kill, steal, beg, and become unscrupulous in our business dealings to obtain wealth and riches – ALL of it will be meaningless. Why? Money cannot satisfy the hunger of the soul. It’s like running after that one thing, and once you achieve it – there still a void/emptiness – ‘a chasing after the wind’. Many young people have just ONE goal – get rich or die trying.
To support King Solomon’s views in 2016 …let’s 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’ve got it all. The wealth, riches, fame, status, marriages, and all that goes along with the rich and famous lifestyles. It ALL leads to hopelessness, depression and heavily addictions to hardcore drugs. 1. Many die by self inflicted wounds. 2. Those who have concerned and caring 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 very public meltdowns – making them victims of manic depression, and other mental illnesses.
Wealth, fame, money, house, cars, planes, etc cannot fill the void in our lives. ONLY OUR CREATOR understands the emptiness 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. Refuse to let Satan try to influence you to run after wealth and riches 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:
- “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator.
- Honor God in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.”
- Remember Him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky.
- Remember him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men – stoop.
- Remember Him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and before your eyes—the women looking through the windows—see dimly.
- Remember him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed, and the sound of work fades.
- Now you rise at the first chirping of the birds, but then all their sounds will grow faint.
- Remember him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy 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.
- Yes, remember your creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken.
- Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well.
- For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 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.