“Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.” (5:1)
Let’s pause here a moment. I don’t want to fill up empty spaces with words. Take a moment to sit in God’s presence and listen.
I think if we’re honest with ourselves, all this talk about the futility of money is pretty obvious. It’s the age old theory that “once I get $__ I’ll be happy”. But happiness is never achieved, new “needs” arise and the amount inevitably gets higher. Then if you buy something real nice, it makes you nervous and you have to buy insurance for it. Possessions do not equal happiness.
It seems Solomon suggests a simple life: Working hard, making enough money to live, share and sleep soundly. Enjoy whatever you have and don’t waste time worrying.
What about this “grievous evil”?: Riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt. (5:13) Hoarding can make us feel smart, like a squirrel, but here it’s called evil. It runs a high risk of never being used.
Is there anything you have an abundance of? Time, money, shoes, zucchini, etc? Ask the Lord to identify any hoarding-status areas of your life and listen for ways He’d like to see you share.