Today, I was reading Ecclesiastes and came across a verse that I never quite fully understood. But, for some reason, when I read it today, God gave me a perfect moment of clarity and I suddenly realized what the Lord was trying to tell me.

The text to which I'm referring is as follows:

Ecclesiastes - Chapter 10
19 Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money is the answer to everything.

The part that I did not seem too clear to me was about money being the answer to everything. It just didn't seem to make sense with the other of God's teaching about money. In the past, I've read about what others (some being biblical scholars) had to say about the scripture, but none of them really answered my questions. Some said that King Solomon was being facetious. Others suggested that it had something to do with him being a king and he had great amounts of money to throw at every problem and desire.

These explanations seemed logical, but, for some reason, they didn't completely convince me. And today, I know why - because they were wrong.

The version of the scripture I was reading today was the English Standard Version and in this version the verse goes, "Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything." Notice the slight difference there? Not money is the answer to everything, but money answers everything. Right at that moment, the message was clear.

Money answers everything, just as an employee answers to her boss or a servant answers to his master. Money is a servant to us to do God's will. It's not, how many other people consider money, as something to be worshiped or allowed to govern our lives.

By using money as a servant, we can do the things in this world that God wants us to do. God knows that, in this world, money is a necessity at times. Even Jesus used money sometimes to accomplish his earthly goals. So, God knows that we will need it too and he will provide us with what we need. But money is to answer to us and what we do for God - not the other way around.

This message in Ecclesiastes is now clear to me; and I thank God for his grace in revealing it to me. It is a blessing, in deed.