Daily Devotion

RICH FALL

DEVOTIONS FOR BUSY DISCIPLES
 
RICH FALL
 
It is a parable connected to a proverb. In regard to the latter, King Solomon wrote
-- “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall” (Proverbs 11:28a).
 
Centuries later Jesus shared the “Parable of the Rich Fool.” He began with this introduction—
 
            ““Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for
              one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions””
              (Luke 12:15)
 
The follow-up parable spoke of a “rich man” whose harvest was abundant (v.16b). Faced with this positive dilemma, he decided to ““tear down [his] barns and build larger ones””—there to store his excess (v.18). Then he would ““relax, eat, drink, be merry”” (v.19b). No thought was given to sharing his wealth.
 
God enters the parable with this sentence—““Fool! This night your soul will be required of you”” (v.20a).  And Jesus ended with this summary truth—““So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God”” (v.21).
 
This rich fool was self-centered, rather than God-centered. The fall of the former was tied to the idol found in his riches.
 
A PAUSE FOR PRAYER
 
            Oh Spirit of God, move in our hearts to make room for sharing
            from the rich blessings that flow into our lives. Amen