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In these passages, Solomon continues to speak to the futility of living and striving after possessions. He had observed people who amassed many possessions, but they did not enjoy or even use what they had. Their possessions gave them much worry, so that they had a hard time sleeping. Solomon said, “The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much. But the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.”

Indeed, we can be in bondage to our possessions. If our heart is set on them, we will be miserable in this life. The Bible says that one cannot love both God and money. The Bible also says that ‘it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.’

Riches can indeed be a stumbling block in walking the pathway that leads to Heaven. Our hearts must not be set on our wealth. Rather, we must set our hearts on God.

We must be willing to lose all our possessions if necessary to serve God. We must remember that we came into this world without anything and will leave this world without anything. Possessions will not give us joy. We will only have joy if we love God instead of money.