Updated: Sep 14
There is a lot of pressure to buy our way to happiness. We see it in our advertisements on TV. If I just had that car, that boat, that RV, or had that house on a lake with the private golf cart to drive around the community. Maybe even hang out at that cool beachfront resort then I know I would be happy. The world offers all kind of products to buy, which promises happiness. I will call it stuff.
Solomon warns of the trap of buying stuff, it seems you never have enough. But if we build a larger garage or barn, we could store it. All this stuff costs money. I imagine if we ask for a show of hands all of our hands would be up. I know mine would be.
10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
Instead of solving our happiness issue, we create whole new issues. It can lead to debt, worry, greed, selfishness, pride, and unsatisfaction caused by never having enough.
Instead of attaining stuff to find happiness, let’s turn to God for our source of happiness. Spending time with God refuels our soul and can bring us happiness, it can also bring us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are the fruit of the Spirit. This is the way to live our life.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.