13 Storing Up

Luke 12:
16 Then [Jesus] told them a parable: "A certain rich man's land produced a bountiful crop.
17 He said to himself, What will I do? I have no place to store my harvest!
18 Then he thought, Here's what I'll do. I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. That's where I'll store all my grain and goods.
19 I'll say to myself, You have stored up plenty of goods, enough for several years. Take it easy! Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.
20 But God said to him, 'Fool, tonight you will die. Now who will get the things you have prepared for yourself?'
21 This is the way it will be for those who hoard things for themselves and aren't rich toward God."
(Common English Bible)

This rich man was thinking through in his mind how he would handle all this wonderful increase he was experiencing. That is not a wrong thing to do. However, looking within ourselves for the answer to important questions in life is not the way God intended us humans to make decisions.

The book of Proverbs in the Bible gives us God's instructions for living and making decisions:
Proverbs 3:
1 My son, don't forget my instruction.
Let your heart guard my commands,
2 because they will help you live a long time
and provide you with well-being . . .
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
don't rely on your own intelligence.
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth
and with the first of all your crops.
10 Then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will burst with wine.
(Common English Bible)

In other words, the missing Person in this man's musings was GOD. In verse 17 of the parable above, this man was praying to HIMSELF instead of seeking the way forward from God.

Then he hit upon his own plan for the future: he would concentrate on STORING UP EVERYTHING for himself.
On the surface, that is not an unwise plan. Everyone should have savings so they don't become a burden to others when there is a recession and provisions aren't so plentiful.
However, there are two other things the Bible says we should do in times of plenty, which this man failed to do.

Verses 9 and 10 of Proverbs chapter 3, quoted above, say that we should also give to God's work in the earth if our increase is to last and be established. The man in the parable failed to do so. Maybe he thought that giving would diminish his wealth. Over and over in history we have observed that giving INCREASES wealth instead of diminishing it!
That may not make sense, but giving to God's work means that I'm willing to exercise my faith and obey God's instructions. God always honours that.

Secondly, the Bible gives us another instruction about our money:
Proverbs 13:
22 Good people leave their grandchildren an inheritance,
but the wealth of sinners is stored up for the righteous.
(Common English Bible)

When we experience increase like this man did, one thing we should do is to invest it for our grandchildren. But, you say, my grandchildren don't handle money wisely!
Then you should seek God for a creative way to invest it for them so they use it wisely and don't lose it.

Or maybe you are a young person just starting out. Then you should seek the Lord early in life and obey Him in how you handle your money. He will teach you how to increase whether it's a season of lack or plenty in your life.

Prayer:
Father in heaven, I didn't understand that You are interested in my money situation.
But now I see that you are interested and I thank You for that.
I am looking to You as to how to manage my money wisely, so that I become a blessing both to Your business in the earth and also to others, particularly to my own family.
I pray in the name of Jesus,   Amen.

New inspiration tomorrow, God willing.
See you then!