How Riches Deceive Us

The following illustrates the folly of trusting in worldly wealth. Spoken by Jesus Christ (Luke 12:16-21; KJV)

The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. (This man was already rich and he will soon be even richer.)

And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? (He needs more storage space for his newly acquired wealth.)

And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. (Problem solved, so he thinks.)

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. (He has his life all planned out. He will soon be on “easy street.”)

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? (The unexpected happens – death. He must now meet the God that He had no regard for and his riches will no longer do him any good.)

So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (So is every person who desires earthly things instead of God.)

Earthly wealth was this man’s idol. God had allowed him to prosper for a while, yet he had no time for God. Whatever takes the place of God in our lives is our idol. God wants to free us from our idols so that He can be our God. It is not wrong to prosper in life as long as we honor God.

The Bible says, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things (whatever we need to live on) shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). God will take care of us if we put Him first in every area of our life.

In order to honor God we must first ask His Son Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior. Just tell Jesus that you can’t free yourself from whatever you are addicted to and ask Him to free you. He has freed others and He will free you too. His Spirit will live in you and change you for the better.