Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The More Things Change, the More He Stays the Same

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money.  At the top of the list of what this could mean is 

1) Money can drag you down.

Some will tell you that this means money is evil.  Let me say this about that.  I had a friend that once told me that Hampton Beach in New Hampshire was evil. I will admit that I had not been to Hampton Beach since I was a child back in the 60's, but, I thought, what could make a beach "Evil."  So I asked him.  He told me that at the beach women were wearing bathing suits that were nearly not there at all, and that brought up in him feelings of lust.  Matthew 5:28 (ESV) tells us: "But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

Ok, being at Hampton Beach caused him to sin, and that is evil.  However, the beach is not sinning.  Perhaps, or perhaps not, the people on the beach are sinning too.  But there is much to Hampton Beach other than the sand, and his sin is not everyone else's sin.  It is possible that some people are there for their children, and don't see the bathing suits.  It is possible that some people are there for their spouses and don't see the bathing suits.  It is possible that some don't see the bathing suits as an issue.  It is even possible that some people are there for the arcade, the shopping, the food or the feeling of vacation, are are not tempted to sin.  My friend was tempted to sin though, so he should not go to Hampton Beach.  The same with money.  If you are worshiping money, as I have many times, it may be evil for you.  I know many people who take its presents and its absents as a gift from God, though, and for them, money is a tool no more sinful than a hammer.  

So, it is not fair to say money is Evil.

It is fair, however, to say that money is dangerous, and can cause temptation if you are not walking with the spirit.  It can be a trap.

But that is not the amazing thing to me about this verse, Ecclesiastes 5:10 (ESV). The amazing thing is that in both the new and old testaments, our God is always the same.  In most "religions," the god changes as the people change.  One day it is not good to kill your enemy, the next day it is ok to kill them under certain rules.  One day women are to be protected, the next day you can beat them to death if they make you sad. But the God of Abraham, Moses and Jesus does not change.  He is always the same.  We change, but what he said 2000 years ago, 4000 years ago, and today is always the same, and it is still true.  This verse is an example of that.  I have collected a partial list of similar verses, teaching the same message, from both books of the bible, so you can see what I am talking about.

OT - Ecclesiastes 4:8 (ESV): "one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, "For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?" This also is vanity and an unhappy business."

NT - Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV):"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

OT - Habakkuk 2:5 (ESV): "Moreover, wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as Sheol; like death he has never enough.
He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples"

NT - Luke 12:15 (ESV): "And he said to them,"Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.""

OT - Psalm 52:7 (ESV): "See the man who would not make God his refuge,
but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!"

NT - 1 Timothy 6:10 (ESV): "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs."

There are more, but I am sure you get the picture.  Out God is an Awesome God.  He never changes, and his message is always the same, and true. 

He is worthy to cling to.  But what is truly amazing, that it is not our clinging to him that makes a difference.  It is, rather, that HE will NEVER let go of us.  No matter our sin, once we have confessed our sin, asked forgiveness, and committed our lives to him, we are his, forever.  He will Never Let go.  If you would like more information on how to accept Jesus, so you to can receive the free gift of Eternal Life, no matter your sin, no matter the size or number, no matter your previous faith .. if you want to assurance of God's Love, then play this video.

I have attached this video that I found on YouTube, because it is a song that moves my heart, and it's theme is the God will Never Let Go, even as we ask him to hold on.

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