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Lord, we thank you for your Holy Word. Please speak to us through it and help us to be good listeners. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Luke 12:16 – 21
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “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. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “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?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
For me, the issue here is security. Somehow I have it in my mind that the better my financial situation, the more security I have. The more money in my savings account, the better I can sleep at night. We talk of “financial security” and “financial independence”.
As was pointed out in the message on Sunday, this is another form of idolatry. Looking for security from money instead of from God is putting money before God. That’s idolatry!
God has another plan, a better plan for us. Proverbs 3:5 encourages us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…”. 1 Peter 5:7 reads, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
So the next time you catch yourself worrying about money, think for a moment. Ask yourself, “Am I putting my hope and trust in money instead of God?”. If so, you (and I) are sinning by breaking the 1st Commandent: “Thou shalt have no other god before me.” Confess your sin to God, accept His forgiveness, and then move on trusting that God will “give us this day our daily bread”.
Have an awesome day in the Lord!