God Has never worried Himself with riches. He blesses some with much wealth, and others He provides just enough each day. As Israel traveled through the desert for 40 years, He gave them enough manna for the day, and no more. As a result, when they entered Israel, they easily trusted God as He had provided what they needed for a generation. In this passage, Luke tells of the parable of the rich fool. He had so much wealth that he had no place to store it. Rather than help those in need or give some back to God, he decided he would simply hoard it by tearing down his barns and build bigger ones. God shook His head…You fool, don’t you know your life will be demanded of you tonight?!!?
We need to depend upon God for our provision. When we become secure in our own wealth, abilities, or knowledge–it causes us to discount our daily dependence upon the Lord. As we grow independent of God, we lose sight of who we are and Whose we are. When that happens, sin takes over and we spiral out of control. History is full of people that started walking closely with God, but then allowed their personal success to become a wedge between them and God. Paul wrote, “I have learned to be content in all circumstances–whether well fed or hungry; living in plenty or in want, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:12-13
God uses wealth as a tool to advance His plan. When God blesses one with wealth, He simply asks that it be used wisely and hold on to loosely. As with Israel, In the end hoarded riches are foolish. There are no U-Hauls in Heaven. Great stewardship and generosity are hallmarks of those God blesses. It is man’s ability to recognize God’s provision, no matter how much or how little he possess, that is the true blessing. Help me, Lord, to be content with Your daily provision.
God Bless You
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”