Wealth Cannot Buy Happiness
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
When I read this scripture I am reminded of the story of Howard Hughes, the richest man in the world at the time of his death. He had the wealth to have anything he would ever want, but died alone in a meager hotel type room, having shunned any encounter with anyone for 20 years before his death. He was a man of significance in the eyes of man; he had money, material possessions fame and a status in life that excelled all others. It appears that God had given him everything of a material nature in life except happiness and peace within himself, but this is what we remember of him; this is his legacy. God sets eternity in the hearts of men as stated above, which many people interpret as man’s ultimate desire is for immortality. With this in mind Mr. Hughes was probably one person if he could have bought immortality would have done it as he had the wealth. Our wealth however does not buy us immortality as we will all die someday. Only when we ask God into our heart, will we be given the chance to spend all eternity with him. God gives all of us this opportunity, but we cannot buy this with our endowments, our names published in Who’s Who, or our foundations which we set up on earth. So often people spend their time, talents and energy on things to satisfy themselves rather than serving others. God’s two greatest commandments tell us what our life should be focused on. Matthew 22:37-40 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” When we ask Jesus into our hearts, and begin to obey God, and do the things that he commands us to do, we have his promise that we will spend our eternity with him. We get so caught up with the things of life, trying to accumulate wealth and be successful, that many times we forget that there is more to life than our bank accounts, our houses and our automobiles. These things are gifts from God, but in no way determines how successful we are in our lives. Our kind deeds, our thoughts, our actions and conduct are things that God will look at when we stand before him on judgment day. Our material possessions that we leave behind will not impress God as they will rust and rot away, nor will the titles before our names. These will not get us past the gate where we will live eternally on streets that are made of gold. Only our salvation will allow us to enter Heaven. If you do not know God as your Lord and Savior, today could be the day you can correct this and ask Jesus into your heart. You are not promised tomorrow and today could be your final chance to secure where you will spend your eternity. Nothing is more important. Take a few moments to ask Jesus for His gift of salvation now, before it is too late.
Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Four