Wealth is Not the Source of Hope

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By Dr. Larry Ollison

A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry; but money answers everything (Ecclesiastes 10:19).

The wisdom of King Solomon is considered to be the greatest wisdom of the ages. Throughout the centuries, his sayings, which are recorded in the Holy Bible, have been quoted by theologians and secular society alike.

An example of his wisdom is told in the book of 1 Kings. King Solomon was presented with a problem of two mothers. One mother’s son had died during the night. While the other mother was sleeping, the woman took her dead son, switched him with the living baby, and then claimed he was her own. They were brought before the king who was to determine which mother was the birth mother. In his wisdom, he commanded that the baby be cut in two so that each mother would receive half. One woman cried, “No! Give the other woman the living child.” When the other woman said, “Divide the child and give me my half,” Solomon knew then which one was the real mother. He was truly gifted with God-given wisdom (1 Kings 3:16-28).

King Solomon was also the richest man on earth. His wealth and his wisdom were unequaled. It’s interesting that near the end of his life, he said that everything was vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:14). But while everything was vanity, he also stated that money was the answer to everything (Ecclesiastes 10:19). How could this be? How can money be the answer to everything while at the same time it is vanity?

Shortly after his death, the wealth of his household was gone. Because the next generation did not walk in godly wisdom, the wealth was lost. However, his wisdom is still with us over two and a half millennia later. This gives us great insight into a spiritual as well as natural principle. Money is the answer to everything, but it is a temporary answer which only answers external things that we can see. But wisdom satisfies the heart and sustains itself eternally.

Through my several decades of ministry, I can confirm that the lack of money has been a major source of family and marital issues. I have heard this statement countless times: “If I just made more money, my problems would be solved.” In most cases, that statement is true. A certain amount of money would solve the problem. However, I have discovered that in most situations it is a temporary solution. While the statement of Solomon that money answers everything is true, usually after it gives the answer, it (money) quits talking and another answer is needed. The chase for money continues without true satisfaction in the heart. Money may give the answer for the moment, but in the end, as Solomon discovered, earthly riches are vanity.

Please don’t misunderstand this statement. Solomon’s wealth was not sinful. It was given by God, and God wants His children to be prosperous (Psalm 35:27) and not in poverty. But true riches (the fruit of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23) will sustain you regardless of whether or not money is in your bank account. The apostle Paul said that he had learned to be content in whatever condition he was in (Philippians 4:11). Wealth or lack (external) did not affect his heart (internal).

Through countless hours of ministering to people who feel they have lost hope, I have discovered that whether wealthy or poor, the human heart only receives hope through believing the promises of God. I have seen multi-millionaires lose everything, and I have seen poor people who had nothing receive a windfall of wealth. While their circumstances may have changed for a short time, ultimately the condition of their heart did not change. Money does not change the heart.

It is faith that unlocks the promises of God in the realm of the spirit which allows them to flow into our daily lives. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. While it is impossible to have hope without true faith in God's Word, it is likewise impossible to have faith without Bible hope. They are power partners that work in tandem. When true hope and true faith connect, there is nothing that is impossible. Hopelessness and despair are like darkness. When the light of faith and hope are switched on, hopelessness and despair disappear.

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