Ecclesiastes 5:12 (NKJV) The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, Whether he eats little or much; But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep.

The laboring man may not have much to eat from time to time. This may help him not to be an overeater, and he probably sleeps better by not overindulging. The rich man on the other hand has no need to stop eating, for he as an abundance of gourmet food. He eats all that he can until he gets tired of eating. And his upset stomach keeps him up at night. Besides that, he worries about his riches, which makes it even harder for him to sleep. Riches multiply anxieties when these temporary objects define who you are. The laboring man who is content with what he has can rest without care or apprehension because the temporary things of this world has no claim on him. The rich man who loves his riches and is loved for it, however, is held captive by his riches. However, having lots of riches or not having any at all is not the determining factor of our peace. For true peace comes from God. Therefore, the abundance of riches or the lack thereof plays no part in our spiritual condition. The Apostle Paul put it this way: “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:8-10 NKJV). Riches, or money, is not evil in itself. It is the love of money that is a root of all kinds of evil. When your love for the temporary riches of this world is greater than your love for God, then your love for temporary riches will lead you to sin. No matter how much you have, always have your heart in the right place. Keep it focus on God.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.