Don’t Hoard or Gamble Wealth

Steve Petroelje

READ : Ecclesiastes 5:10-20

. . . wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune. . . . (vv. 13-14 NIV)

What you have today could be gone tomorrow. Slowly accumulated wealth can be quickly lost through misfortune such as a fire, theft, or a health crisis. It can also vanish through our own poor decisions.

God holds us accountable for the way we manage what he has entrusted to us. As God looks at your finances, he should see hard work, honest dealing, and patient saving. As he watches your stewardship, he shouldn’t see evidence of gambling, foolish spending, or purchases based on immediate gratification rather than real need.

But if God doesn’t want us to spend foolishly, neither does he want us to hoard our money. You know the saying: “You can’t take it with you” Trying to hoard money is like squeezing sand in your hand. Remember, in the end, it is not how much you have, but how faithful you were with what was entrusted to you. “Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs” (v. 15 NIV). So earn wisely and honestly. Save as much as you can, give away as much as you can. You’ll find yourself much happier, honest!


Giver of every good and perfect gift, keep me from falling in love with temporary things. Amen.