There was once a man who owned a lot of land. On his land were many orchards and farms that yielded so much grain and produce that it made this man very rich. There was such an abundance of grain and produce beyond his own need, that he decided to tear down his existing barns and build larger ones to hold all the excess. He was certainly thrilled at all he owned and felt rather secure that he was financially set for years to come. He looked at all he had and told himself to take it easy, “eat, drink and be merry!” Yet, in Luke chapter 12 and verse 20, God tells this man that he is a fool and this night his soul is required; then whose will get all these things that will leave behind?
Among our basic needs as humans, air to breath, food to eat, clothing and shelter, is a sense of security. As we live in a material world, we are often quick to look a material security whether it is investments, money in the bank, or a home that is paid off.
While it is certainly prudent to save; “There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.” Proverbs 21:20; and it is also prudent to invest patiently and with wisdom (see Matthew 25:19-21), the caution here for Christians is that as we save and invest, we should not let our hearts begin to put our trust in those assets or monies and less trust in the One who provided it all.
In 1 Timothy 6:17, Paul admonishes Timothy to “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;”
Solomon warns us in Proverbs 23:5 “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”
May we as Christians completely trust in the One who “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Eph. 3:20, remembering that it is God that gives us the ability work and make gain (Deut. 8:18) and Who gives us this day our daily bread!