In Luke 12:19-20, the rich man said to himself, “‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years.’” “But God said to him, ‘You fool!  This very night your life will be demanded from you.’”  The rich fool went to the wrong person— he went to himself.  And he asked the wrong question— What shall do?  His error was that his plans did not include God.

Jesus didn’t criticize the man’s affluence.  He criticized the man’s arrogance.  Accumulation of wealth is a popular defense against fear.  We think the more we have, the safer we are.  God does not want his children to trust money. God is the great provider; the great giver.  Absolutely generous and utterly dependable.  Trust him, not stuff!

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