The Rich Fool
“. . .
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my
barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my
goods. . . But
God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be
required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself,
and is not rich toward God.
It's important to acknowledge that all the things we have in this world come from God. What we have is for this life only and we will not be able to take it with us. Wealth creates all kinds of choices as the parable indicates. A man had more than he needed. He spent all of his time just trying to decide what to do with his crops. He was allowing the material things he had to consume his soul.
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, "Master, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me." This man was definitely greedy and covetous. He wanted Jesus to tell his brother to give him his money. Jesus said to the whole crowd, “Be on your guard against every form of greed." How foolish it is to be greedy, self-indulgent and to horde what you have to then leave it all behind. And so is the man who lays up treasure only for himself. It's not about how much you have, but what you do with it.
In 1 Timothy 6:9 Paul said, "Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction for the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil . . ." If your desire is to make money for selfish reasons, it could cause you to wander away from your faith bringing many sorrows. “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have...” (Hebrews 13:5).
Lord, may I be satisfied with all You have given to me.