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The context of Ecclesiastes five is probably the most telling message to the verses.  Here, the wisest man that was ever king; the king of one of the richest nations on earth at the time–is writing a book and telling all whom would listen, “Guess what–the government and the rich will not fix life.  Instead, the government will take all the extra it can get–and well the rich will never have enough; nor, will they ever be at peace with their stuff.  On balance, probably one of the most unsettling messages he could have given.

Once again, it comes down to the basic truth–only God can fill the void in our lives.  If we look to the government to fill it, we will be disappointed. It really does not matter the government’s form–republic, monarchy or dictatorship–in the end, they are run by humans and humans fail.  The best we can hope for is that our leaders will seek God and follow His leadership–then, there will at least be less chaos.  As to the wealthy, they sadly get it from all sides–the less fortunate are jealous, the more fortunate are competitive and petty.  The government wants more, and no one realizes that they have lives and issues like everyone else–what’s more, even if they do realize, they do not care.

That is why Paul’s words continue to ring true–“I have learned to be content, no matter what the circumstance; whether well fed or hungry–living in plenty or in want, I can do all thing THROUGH Christ who strengthens me.

God Bless You

Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.

If you see the poor oppressed in a district,

and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things;

for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.

The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.

Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.

This too is meaningless.

As goods increase, so do those who consume them.

And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them?

The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much,

but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep