A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 (NIV)

Is money really the answer for everything? Well, let’s take a closer look at Ecclesiastes 10:19 and see!

Ecclesiastes 10:19 is another verse that has to be read in context. Before Ecclesiastes 10, we’ve been reading about the futility of life in a fallen world. However, from Ecclesiastes 10:1-11:6, we are met with a mix of proverbs. Verse 19 is about poor leadership introduced by these verses.

There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler: Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones.

Ecclesiastes 10:5-6 (NIV)

The commentary on poor leadership continues in verses 16 and 17, which further set up verse 19.

Woe to the land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning. Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time— for strength and not for drunkenness.

Ecclesiastes 10:16-17 (NIV)

Verse 17 tells us the purpose of a feast: “for strength and not for drunkenness.” Thus, verse 19 is more of a commentary on the perspective of the unwise ruler or poorly run government than a statement of how these things: feasts, wine, and money, should be viewed. For example, instead of using funds wisely, the poorly run government or unwise ruler might use things like tax money in frivolous ways, expecting that there’s more money to be found to solve any and all problems that arise. Thereby thinking that money is the answer for everything.

Given the context of Ecclesiastes 10:19, we can still apply the lesson from it to our own lives. I’m reminded of this verse from Ephesians.

Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:16 (NIV)

Every day, we have a choice on how we want to spend the day. Of course, there are things we must do each day. However, even amid the things we have to do like, going to work, we still have a choice. Do we do things that have eternal value, or do we spend our time on things that do not? Some might say that most jobs don’t have eternal value. However, what does Scripture say about the things we do?

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)

We are also advised to “pray continually” in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV). If, in everything we do, we do it to the glory of God, then we are operating with a prayerful and worshipping posture. Such a posture honors God and has eternal value.

Often people consider 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and wonder, “How can I pray continually?” The answer is in the next verse.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

This is why everything done to the glory of God with thanksgiving has eternal value and keeps us in a prayerful mindset.

That’s all I have for today. I pray this day finds you well, and I thank you for stopping by!

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be free from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart, and I receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.