Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
he would be utterly despised. Song of Solomon 8:7
You can’t buy love. We see this truth repeatedly in our culture. A person can be wealthy beyond comprehension and yet be lonely and unloved. Spurgeon takes this a step further and says that GOD doesn’t try to buy our love with His gifts, either.
There are numbers of you who have health, and wealth, and many other things that so many desire, but they never make you love God, and they never will. You love them, and make idols of them very readily, but they do not lead you to love the Lord; while the children of God, who love their dear Savior, can tell you that they do not love him because of what he gives them, for if he takes from them, they love him all the same. With Job, they say, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” They do not love him simply because he caresses them, for if he chastens them, they love him still, and kiss the rod with which he smites them.