Ecclesiastes 10:19 (New King James Version)
A feast is made for laughter,
And wine makes merry;
But money answers everything.
Many Christians and Non-Christians may be surprised to know that this passage is even in the Bible… but it is.
On the surface, it may sound “materialistic”, “worldly”, or “carnal”.
But notice that the scripture doesn’t say that money is the “right” or “complete” or “final” answer for everything. It simply and correctly says, “money answers everything”.
And isn’t it true that money answers everything?
In general, so many of the problems that we have in life can either be solved or made less stressful for us, by us either having more money, or better money management.
Let’s take a look for a second, and see if this isn’t true. Let’s look at a few areas that many of us are, or have been, confronted with in our daily lives:
When natural disasters occur, such as the horrible earthquake in Haiti, let me first say that we don’t know why God allows such terrible things to happen.
What we do know is that, even in the midst of miracles such as the amazing survival stories, that money is always needed to try to lessen the pain for survivors, get aid to them, and ultimately rebuild these communities, cities, states, and nations.
In this situation money is not the complete answer, but it definitely provides a much needed answer.
Marriages and Relationships
It’s no secret that many married and unmarried couples argue about, and often separate, breakup, or divorce over disputes about money. Usually this is the lack of money, or overspending by one or more parties.
A lack of money puts stress and strain on the entire family, as there are always mouths to feed, clothes to purchase, and other obligations such as health insurance, mortgage payments, and college tuition. The list of family expenses seems endless when there is not enough money to go around.
More money and/or better money management can usually provide a much needed answer or solution in these situations.
It is a known fact that churches cannot operate without money. We know it’s a known fact, because the church leaders will often be quick to tell you that when it’s time to collect the offering;-)
It is often very ironic that the same church leaders who may spend a portion of, or an entire sermon telling you how UN-important money is in your life… will then turn right around and try to convince you how important it IS that you give as much money as you possibly can afford (or not) to the church.
It’s such a contradiction if we would really listen to what we are saying sometimes.
Yes, money is needed to finance the work of God in the world, so money is an “answer” in this area as well.
If we take a moment to think about it, we can see that the amount of money we have at our disposal affects each and every area of our lives. This the message we should take away from the passage “money answers everything”.
Yes, money does answer everything, whether it is providing aid for a natural disaster, feeding our families, paying for higher education, or financing the spread of the good news of Jesus Christ to all the world.
The sooner we embrace this financial truth, this “bible secret”, and stop fighting against it, then the sooner we will be able to adapt a mindset and lifestyle of financial abundance.