A career in the military will probably not make you wealthy. But there are some benefits that come with wearing the uniform—like rank, respect, and retirement.
In Ecclesiastes 5:10, the writer’s warning concerning wealth also applies to vainly pursuing any benefit to the detriment of what is truly important. When we pursue greater rank, we should realize a higher pay grade does not satisfy the deeper longings of our heart. When we seek respect, we should know acceptance from God is what determines our identity. When we think only about making it to retirement, we should understand it won’t provide total peace (Philippians 4:6-7).
“He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 5:10, NKJV).
Can you enjoy the blessings in this life without being ruled by them? Try offering your achievements to God in thanksgiving and contentment. Remember, He will provide all that you need.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.