Today’s devotion is based on Luke 12:16-20, “And he (Jesus) told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' "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. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ 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?”
The parable of the rich fool tells how a man spent his entire life accumulating wealth, then died in his sleep before he was able to enjoy it. Does the first part of the parable sound like your life today, or like the lives of those around you? Do you spend your life accumulating wealth?
Our society thrives on double incomes, working mothers, two- or three-car families, consumable products. Where does it end? When is enough enough? Do you ever sit back and say, ‘Now I am satisfied. I have everything I need’?
Jesus’ warning is as true today as it was two thousand years ago. In the end, it does not make any difference how much wealth you have accumulated. What does make a difference is your relationship with the Lord. For in your relationship with God, your rewards will be more than you can ever imagine.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things help me to remember where my true riches are, my relationship with Jesus. Help me to rely on you for my happiness and not on the things you have given me. Thank you for your Son, Jesus, the bright morning star who has shone his love into my heart. Help me to trust you, give myself to you and shed your light on people around me today. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.