Monday: 21st October, 2019
Reference text: Luke 12:13-21
Luke 12:20 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?
I am interested in the concerns that could be raised by the ‘wealthy people association’ whenever they read the account of today’s Gospel often dubbed ‘the rich fool’. They might wonder: ‘is it really wrong to rest, eat and drink when you have succeeded? Is it wrong to seek expansion? In fact, is it unacceptable to be greatly endowed with wealth after hard work?
If the clear and obvious answer to all these questions is No, then why the label attached to the rich man mentioned in the Gospel and the warning that he had fallen asleep for the very last time? This would have been deeply upsetting.
Yet, our minds should be redirected to the words of Jesus ‘this description and outcome is for those who are wealthy but not in the eyes of God’. As the Psalmist declares: ‘the fool says in his heart: ‘There is no God'(Ps 14:1). Thus, our rich man today only had eyes for wealth: bigger barns and a luxurious living in ‘splash and bling’. A seemingly fulfilling life that had everything in it but the giver of life Himself.
That was why He was a fool –
He had ignored the reality that in the absence of the sustainer of all things, the giver of all life, the author of all existence without whom nothing is, he also couldn’t be.
We also often forget that we have not been created by ourselves or for ourselves, for if we did, we would never become fools.