Scripture: verse 8
Woe to those who add house to house
and join field to field,
until there’s no room for anyone else,
and you live in splendor alone on your land.
Observation: The message here isn’t that surprising: if you spend all your time and energy on getting rich or powerful, you won’t have any friends. But I like the way it is phrased, and I like the image of the riches expanding to squeeze other people out.
I had a friend once that I wanted to smack sometimes because he tended to assume that earning lots of money was the primary definition of a good husband. When discussing his work hours or his commute or how he used his free time, his response was always geared towards how it affected his finances, not his time. Admittedly this was while he was engaged, not married, and marriage has a way of teaching firm lessons.
And I do the same thing. Most of the things I am good at are not monetizable, or at least not obviously so. And I don’t feel I should be working – we have no need for it and I don’t think God is calling me that way – but I worry sometimes that I am inferior because of it.
But if I’m seeking splendor, it ought to be God’s glory. Always.
Application: Don’t squeeze people out.
Prayer: Father, thank you for making me the way you have made me. Thank you for building castles in the air with me. Help me to welcome other people into your glory. Amen.