Vanity is something that goes through the front of the whole world, and many are those who fall under its offer, not remembering that this being vain does not please God.
This being vain is something that is like the termite, which day after day is eating away taking everything that was good and turning it into something that does not work. Happens in the same way with the heart of all those who are vain.
He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
The word of God says in 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”. In truth this gives us to understand that everyone who loves money, loves it more than himself, and loses his humility, because in his eyes is the sign of money.
Psalm 138:6 “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off”. This is a great truth, because there were many who, having their riches, humiliated their neighbor, despised him, denied him food, then all these kings who believed they were everything were humiliated by Almighty God.
When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?
King Solomon knew why he said these words, since He was surrounded by powerful, people who lived well, who had great wealth but did not share it with their neighbors, but all those who help their neighbors and do not despise them, nor they are exalted, they are prospered by God, the blessings of God abound in their house.
The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
The proverb says in some verses, that the righteous eat with what little he gets and sleeps quietly, but the rich man can not sleep peacefully, because he dawns thinking if something is stolen from him. It is not bad to have what to survive, but do not stop being humble, or reject your relatives and your neighbors. It is good that each day we ask God to help us to remain humble, helping the needy, and not to love money but to use it only for the needs that arise.
The vanity of money
We can observe everywhere in the world a lot of people whose disposition is always to seek money, to save it, with the aim of increasing their fortune, but without thinking they shall not spend it here in all their lives. They buy lands or houses which they are not able to enjoy.
That is vanity. It is not useful to accumulate money or goods, as a treasure for other people to inherit. Likewise, we all have to die, and it is possible that heirs will not manage well their inheritance or will even squander it.
The Holy Scriptures teach us how good it is to be wise people. We read:
“When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?”
That was the experience of a wise man like Solomon, who enjoyed goods, money or wealth of this world; who could get all kinds of pleasures by money and found that it was all vanity.
Solomon’s glory was well known in the world of his time, his meetings and banquets —that a great number of people attended and, that supposedly costed him a lot of money too.
We know perfectly how important money is. If you have money, all people want to be friends with you. But it is not so when you are a poor person.
Work is necessary; and be looking for a job and be unable to find it may be a true curse. All of us need a job, and to earn money to live.
“The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.”
Simple and God-fearing people, who have a job and manage well their incomes, may be glad, calm people.
However, rich people only trust in their riches and in the money they have. News reports have informed us about how they finish their lives, and what evil things they sometimes do to keep and increase their money, as we know.
But it is possible to be a man or woman who is rich in money, fearful of God, and, at the same time, to do many good actions for needy people, near or far away in this world, by the wisdom and the leading of the Spirit of God.
The children of God can be blessed people, for our heavenly Father knows well what things we need; and, as the Bible says, we must be content with our actual situation, which is God’s will.
“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Timothy 6:8)
May the Lord God be blessed for ever