TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2
He said to himself, “What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.”
Luke 12:17 (NLT)
GUARDING AGAINST GREED: CONSIDER GOD
On their 50th wedding anniversary, a couple summed up the reason for their long and happy marriage. The husband said, “I have tried never to be selfish. After all, there is no “I” in the word marriage.” The wife said, “For my part, I have never tried to correct my husband’s spelling.”
In the parable found in Luke 12:16-21, eleven times over, we hear “I” and “my” in the wealthy farmer’s words. For all intents and purposes, God does not exist in his life. He refers to my crops, my barns, my grain, my goods, and, most frighteningly of all, my soul. He would have been in harmony with the proud and defiant words of William Henley’s “Invictus,” “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” And at the end of his life God calls him a fool.
The Bible declares, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Ps. 24:1). God rightfully owns the whole world! Again money isn’t the problem. The problem is when we forget the source of all wealth who is God.
Proverbs 14:1 says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” However, the fool isn’t just the person who says there is no God but also the person who lives like there is no God. Do you handle your money in a way that acknowledges there is a God who made it all? Are there other areas of your life where you may be living like there is no God?
Praise God as the owner of all Creation. Thank Him for the blessings in your life. Ask Him how He wants you to make and spend your money.