Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
The ultra rich JD Rockefeller was once asked how much money would be enough. His response was “just one more dollar.” Rockefeller’s legacy continues to this day with his name on buildings and associated with many other things. Despite all of his wealth, he was never satisfied with it.
Solomon faced the same problem in his life. God had blessed him tremendously and his wealth was probably incomparable to modern day standards even with men and women worth billions of dollars. At the end of his life though he realized how meaningless all of his wealth was. It didn’t bring him joy.
We too mistakenly think that we’ll be happy if we just get a raise or make a little bit more money. There is nothing inherently wrong with money. But when money becomes the driving force in our life it will leave us unhappy.
The love of money will lead to many problems in life. And worst of all, it will never find fulfillment. There will always be something new to buy. There will always be something else that seems better.
Solomon reached the conclusion that only the love of God satisfied his needs. All of his fabulous wealth and the many other things that he had been blessed with didn’t do it. They came up empty. He needed God’s love and he needed to love God.