Okay, time for a pop quiz. Who said this: “Money is a shelter.”
If you think it’s Bernie Madoff or an infamous hedge fund manager, guess again, because it’s Solomon! (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
Shelters protect us from the howling wind and the blazing sun. When money is a shelter, it can be used to shield us from homelessness and starvation. That’s a good thing!
But money’s shelter has obvious limits.
If money is a person’s only shelter, then what significance is left once the money dries up or when we’re called into eternity? Solomon asked this same question when he took inventory of everything he had. His answer: “Everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2:11, NIV)
So, what’s a better shelter than money? Try wisdom. Solomon pitted his money against wisdom and learned it wasn’t even a contest. “The advantage of knowledge is this,” he said. “Wisdom preserves those who have it.” (Ecclesiastes 7:12, NIV)
Wisdom’s shelter extends beyond the grave, bridging the span between now and eternity. There’s no difference between what’s meaningful now because of wisdom and what will be meaningful in glory. Whatever gap used to exist between life and death gets erased.
If you’re thinking this sounds like Jesus, you’re on the right track. Who can undo dying and death’s effects better than the resurrected Christ? Who else has a life that reaches from heaven to earth, and then back again?
The Apostle Paul puts it plainly: “Jesus has become for us wisdom from God.” (1 Corinthians 1:30, NIV) In His name, whatever is meaningless and hopeless about your living, find cover in Him.
Even if your money runs out, Jesus’ shelter never will.