The Fool

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)

It is a really serious matter when God calls a human being a fool.
That is massively serious!

But, you ask, what caused God to address this rich man in such a manner?
First, as we have noted before, this man failed to consult God when making plans for the future of his wealth.
Instead, he prayed to himself!

Secondly, he failed to follow the basic instructions of God when it comes to wealth: to leave an inheritance for his grandchildren - see Proverbs 13:22 - and to look out for the poor around him.
In other words, he thought only of himself: nothing of God or others.
Focusing solely on one-self is supremely foolish as an aim in life.
Here at the end of a long and successful career, he was focusing only on the things he had prepared for HIMSELF (see verse 20 above), instead of considering how to use his earthly wealth to become "rich toward God".

This rich man is like another rich man in the Bible whose name was Lot. He was the nephew of the patriarch Abraham. From Abraham, Lot learned how to be a successful businessman. Then when the employees of Lot and Abraham began to fight over the same territory, Abraham realised he and Lot would have to part company.

His uncle offered Lot first choice in where to settle, and this is how Lot made his choice:
Genesis 13:
10 Lot looked up and saw the entire Jordan Valley. All of it was well irrigated, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as far as Zoar (this was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah).
11 So Lot chose for himself the entire Jordan Valley. Lot set out toward the east, and they separated from each other . . .
13 The citizens of Sodom were very evil and sinful against the LORD. (Common English Bible)

Lot chose to take his family away from the godly environment of his uncle and instead settle among people whose reputation far and wide was "very evil and sinful against the LORD".
Why on earth would someone choose to settle among people with such a reputation for wickedness?
He probably realised that the business opportunities there, would make him even more wealthy than he already was.
Therefore, for the sake of more money, Lot endangered himself, his wife and children: exposing them to wickedness and evil as a lifestyle!

How did that work out for Lot, his wife and children, you ask?
The whole thing was disaster and destruction from beginning to end!
You can read about it here: TheFool

Loving heavenly Father, teach me how to make plans for the future by consulting You in prayer, and then obeying the instructions You give me.
Help me during my life to learn the art of being rich toward YOU, and not to be so caught up in covetousness that You have to call me a fool.
I ask that I will be like the Lord Jesus, who consulted You in all things and always obeyed You while He lived on the earth as a human being.
I make this petition in His mighty name,    Amen.

New inspiration tomorrow, God willing.
See you then!