Luke 12:16-21 Wealth Stored On Earth Is Foolish Parable


Luke 12:16-21

 21 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17 And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21 So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

A person with wealth can get concerned about how to keep it, and maintain their income. There is nothing wrong with wealth and being blessed with money, plenty of Biblical people were rich and honored God with it. When people get more dependent on their earthly funds, rather the Lord who provides it, then money becomes an idol. Many of the great patriarchs of scripture were wealthy; Abraham (Genesis 13:6), Isaac (Genesis 26:16), Job (Job 1:1-10), and  Solomon (2 Chronicles 9:20). None of these great men found treasure in wealth, but only in the Lord’s holy direction.

 Psalm 119:72 The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Acts 3:6  But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!”

The Roaring Twenties was a  good time , it was a decade of awesome economic growth. Technology was good for the middle class, automobiles were mass produce and radios being sold to people’s homes. Those good times ended when the stock market crash and the Great Depression began. Many didn’t trust the banks and paper money was almost useless. So they bury their gold and gems, in their backyards and still to this day, people will find someone treasure in their yard.  True wealth comes knowing the Lord and how much He loves us, He is offering so much to those who love and worship Him. I chase the rat race of earning money trying to provide of myself and it was never enough, King Solomon said this, in his words;

Ecclesiastes 5:9-11  Even the king milks the land for his own profit! 10 Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! 11 The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers!

Happiness comes from seeking the treasures of God, and it’s okay to live life day to day but tells others of the treasure the Lord has from them. There is a difference about the people who find treasure in this greedy world, they really don’t want to share. The children of God share their wealth, as Christian community, if they store extra away, they do it to give to others. Please tell others about the wealth you gain from the love of God. God bless, the Lord loves you and so do I. Samuel H.

Job 15:27-29 “These wicked people are heavy and prosperous;    their waists bulge with fat. 28 But their cities will be ruined.     They will live in abandoned houses   that are ready to tumble down. 29 Their riches will not last, and their wealth will not endure.    Their possessions will no longer spread across the horizon.

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