|Ebenezer Scrooge. Just the name somehow instantly brings to mind the miserable existence of a fictional character. In Ecclesiastes 6, Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, warns us of the four ways we can waste our life. Charles Dickens’ immortal character is almost a perfect example of this chapter. Scrooge’s life exhibited each of these four traits until he realized how wretched his life really was. First, we see that life is empty when life has no enjoyment.
Today’s verse is pretty self-explanatory. Scrooge could have afforded anything his heart desired, but he never experienced the enjoyment of what he had. The ghost of Christmas future showed him what a waste his life had been when he died. He saw how he had penny-pinched and hoarded his money and how everything he saved up was taken by strangers when he died. Everything he had done in his life was taken freely by others.
Is it good to save your money? Of course, but hoarding is different than saving. Saving is withholding something you could use in order to be prepared for something later. Saving has the intention of collecting for use somewhere down the road. If you save up for a car or house, the purpose of the money is to use when one becomes available. If you are saving up for your kids, the purpose is so they will have something to use later. Hoarding is the collecting and withholding of items with no intention of use or enjoyment. It’s just there to have.
The lesson to be learned is, ‘Use what God has blessed you with because otherwise, others will take it when you die.’ Don’t waste your life by thinking the possession of things will give you happiness. A bank account with a million dollars makes no difference if you live like a pauper. A stocked refrigerator doesn’t help if you die of starvation because you won’t open it. Our possessions are to be used, not collected. Use what God has given you today.