“A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things. ” (Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes 10:19, KJV) People that are rich, are used to their money “answering all things;” that is, meeting all of their needs.
The Book of Ecclesiastes is
the testimony of Solomon, when he played the fool, in thinking that he
had to “try everything for himself” to see if it was good or bad.
“And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.” (Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes 1:17, KJV) “I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.” (Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes 2:1, KJV) “I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.” (Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes 2:3, KJV)
What was the result? “And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.” (Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, KJV)
If you were wealthy, and on a cruise ship with many other wealthy people, and the ship ran into trouble and started to sink, what would you do when the call was made to man the life boats? Would you run to the ship’s vault, and get your million dollars out, before you got on the life boat? Or would you run to the Dining Hall, and ask for a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, and a bottle of water? If you chose to retrieve your money from the ship’s vault, then you would find a very long line of other people with the same thought. But if you chose to run to the Dining Hall, you would probably be the first and only person in line.
So you get on the life boat, and find out that everyone else on board had gone to the ship’s vault, and retreived their million dollars. Then the talk starts on the life boat about you. “Look at that crazy guy! Instead of going to withdraw his million dollars from the vault, he went to the Dining Hall and got a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, and a bottle of water! Can you believe what a fool he was? He lost his million dollars when the ship sunk!”
But there was a problem when the ship sunk.
The Captain was unable to send out a distress signal. No one in
the world knows that your ship has sunk. High winds send your life
boat far off course from any shipping lanes. Many days elapse, and
people are getting very hungry and thirsty. Everyone on board has
a million dollars, but no one has food and drink, except you.
Some people start passing out from dehydration and lack of food, and fall out of the life boat, and perish. They sink with their million dollars. Other people start offering you a million dollars for your food and water, but you refuse, because you know that you will then die from lack of food and water.
One by one, the people die. Some are clutching their million dollars right up to death. But at death, their grip releases on their money, and it falls to the floor of the life boat. Finally, you are the only one left alive, and then a rescue plane spots your lifeboat, and you are saved.
Everyone laughed at you for choosing a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, and a bottle of water, instead of a million dollars, but you were actually the wise one. Your loaf of bread, and peanut butter, and bottle of water was worth more than 30 million dollars, which was the amount of money that perished in the hands of those around you.
What are you grabbing along the way in life?
As much money as you can? That is going to all be worthless in
your future, because you are going to one day die. “They that
trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their
riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give
to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is
precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)”
(Holy Bible, Psalm 49:6-8, KJV)
What you would be wise to choose is the “Bread of Life,” the Lord Jesus Christ. “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (Holy Bible, John 6:33-35, KJV)
Jesus is also the “Living Water.” “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” (Holy Bible, John 4:10, KJV) “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (Holy Bible, John 4:13-14, KJV)
Bow your head and heart to Almighty God, and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior right now.