Big storehouses full of grain and the man who forgot God

Luke 12

v16,17. With that he spoke an illustration to them, saying: “The land of a certain rich man produced well. Consequently he began reasoning within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, now that I have nowhere to gather my crops?’

There was not in itself anything wrong with land producing well. The rich man’s question was a relevant one. Where would he put all his grain if there was too much for the storehouses?
But think again. Did he really need that much grain? The storehouses were his. He could have been content when they were full. But what did he actually do?

v18,19. So he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my storehouses and build bigger ones, and there I will gather all my grain and all my good things; and I will say to my soul: “Soul, you have many good things laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, enjoy yourself.”’

He had plenty. He went out of his way to keep all the surplus grain for himself. He now was not going to work anymore. Life was going to be so easy. It would be like one long party. But life is not like that.

v20,21. But God said to him, ‘Unreasonable one, this night they are demanding your soul from you. Who, then, is to have the things you stored up?’ So it goes with the man that lays up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.”

His greed got the better of him. He forgot about God and became obsessed with his “stuff,” his possessions, his riches, his material things. So it didn’t last. He d-i-e-d….

Well, this was another of Jesus’ illustrations and as always there is an important lesson here – we today don’t have storehouses but we can imagine the modern equivalent. Say, saving far more money than necessary, or having two houses, or three. Certain things are not necessary for life, and they can entice you to forget God and the important things.

And it does not lead to happiness.

Sooooo, uh yeah. That’s my scripture for today. I always used to laugh at the last part – “SO IT GOES with the man…” but really it’s not that funny. It’s true. 🙂

-Tarina, Paradise Artist

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