Monday : 22nd October, 2018
Reference: Luke 12:13-21
Luke 12:19, 20 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Even though it was not very tough writing my final exam in ‘Social studies’ while high school, as a subject, it was rather difficult to see its particular focus. One might even say its content was more like an aggregation of subjects such as history, sociology and psychology. Nonetheless, one concept that stuck with me was ‘Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs’; a theory in Psychology that arranged human needs in a five-tier pyramid.
Very little information is given about the character in today’s Gospel besides the fact that: he was rich and had small store houses which he planned to expand after his harvest. But we could infer from his line of thinking that he was clearly not advanced in years, seeing how he thought he had the guarantee of his goods sustaining him for ‘many years’. He thought he had attained security, the second tier in Maslow’s theory, from his grand harvest. Yet, God called him ‘a fool’.
Wealth and abundance, or the desire for it, is a rather unique area of interest. It is thus no surprise that one half of the request in Proverbs 30:8-9, asks for enough, and not ‘abundance’ lest while basking in the sun of this abundance, God is relegated to the background.’ My dear, God does not want to hold back giving us all the abundance He desires to, because we cannot be trusted to keep him in our lives when He does.
The Psalmist wrote that ‘The fool hath says in his heart, there is no God’ (Psalm 53:1a). Therefore, as a man who chose to find safety, guarantee and comfort in the abundance of things He possessed, his attention had to be drawn back to the fundamentals: eyes on God first. Beloved, it is very easy to lose sight of the presence of God in our lives when our minds and hearts become preoccupied with a host of other things. And don’t take this personal, but there is something we ought to:
‘If we cannot acknowledge God, the source of all that is good, then indeed we aren’t far from being described in the same way as this rich man was:’ a fool’.