A story reminds me of a statement made by super-rich Solomon. It goes: “What profit has he who has labored for the wind?”
Martha’s story was a loss of millions of pesos from a military-controlled financial investment scam. Her millions came from “earnings” she accumulated buying and selling goods using funds from stolen credit cards provided by a syndicate. After a time of imprisonment, Martha got out and went bankrupt.
Wealth can perish through misfortune. Theft as in Martha’s case or through natural disasters and accidents, your dearest belongings may disappear. Even if you are able to protect them, you certainly can’t take them with you in the grave. There appears to be futility in working only to acquire possessions that will ultimately disappear. Yet isn’t that so common an “addiction” of people nowadays — maddeningly seeking treasures that have sure expiration on earth?
Martha’s story (as well as those of countless others) exemplifies much of our material world — the emptiness of riches and the transitory nature of things of this earth. After all the reflections and lessons he learned, super-rich Solomon’s final conclusion is, “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” The treasures of heaven are what truly matter. They don’t expire and you can “take them with you.” They yield lasting rewards that can’t be destroyed.
Are you working for the wind?