Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“Money Can’t Buy Happiness.” The conclusion of an exhaustive study published by the American Psychological Association. This study found that “money leads to autonomy, but it does not add to well-being or happiness.”

Once basic needs are met, “more money leads to marginal gains at best.” As people increase their earnings, they tend to become more competitive. They lose perspective and focus more on “keeping up with the Joneses.”

We see these kinds of patterns every day, driven by a culture that encourages us to feel dissatisfied. Compelled to possess what we don’t have. To crave more.

In practical terms, there are justifiable reasons to buy “new” things. Yet the problem is not with things but our hearts. With our attitudes and expectations. The Bible urges us to remember what happens so easily to our money: “What good is wealth except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers!” (Ecclesiastes 5:11 NLT).

Jesus taught that the only people who really are satisfied aren’t obsessed with things, but those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Who place a higher emphasis on doing what is right than on what they own. Who are focused on the quality of life rather than the quantity of possessions.

In your life, seek to keep your eyes on God. Trust Him to supply every need. Seek first His Kingdom. Ask Him to help you do what is right in every situation. Practice contentment and a spirit of thankfulness. As you seek His Kingdom and do what is right, God promises more of His blessings…and lasting satisfaction.