“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Rich but Foolish

(Please read Luke 12:16-21)

March 31

It seems harder to have the right attitude toward money during prosperous times, when most of us are at least a little bit rich, than in hard times when a man’s own hunger helps him sympathize with his poorer neighbors.

The rich fool had this problem; it had been too long since he had missed a meal. He thought only of himself and what was his, and not of the good he might do by sharing with others part of the bounty God had entrusted to him. As a steward, he failed miserably.

There is no indication that he was dishonest in acquiring his wealth, but his error was in how he felt about it and what he did with it. In these two areas –- attitude and handling –- lie our greatest dangers concerning money.

What does it mean to be “rich toward God”? When prosperous people give to the Lord, is that being rich toward God? Well, not necessarily. Jesus once watched rich people dropping money into the temple treasury and commented that their gifts were not as great as that of a poor widow who cast in all her living. Because, he said, the rich gave of their “surplus” (Mark 12:41-44, NASB). Apparently they gave some of their leftovers, money that would never be missed.

So richness toward God must go deeper than that. When we dip into our “living” money, our gifts count for more with God. This we can readily do if our attitude is right and we give cheerfully, “not grudgingly or under compulsion” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

May God help us remember that being rich is not worth much if we are tight-fisted fools.

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