Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; let me know how transient I am. Behold, you have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in your sight; surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Surely every man walks about as a phantom; surely, they make an uproar for nothing; he amasses riches and does not know who will gather them. And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:4-7
Then he (Jesus) said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’” “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” Luke 12:15-21
Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:
The rich man in the Luke passage was living fully for himself. Lasting fulfillment only comes from living fully for God and not ourselves. The rich man was all wrapped up in material things and not in spiritual things. The greediness of owning much in the way of earthly riches consumed him rather than having a rich relationship with God. How about us? Following a course where we too, are consumed with the pursuit of earthly riches instead of becoming rich toward God can easily become our plight. The following story further illustrates for us how dangerous it is to continue on the wrong course.
Know When to Change Course
From More Sower’s Seeds
A battleship had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities.
Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, “Light, bearing on the starboard bow.”
“Is it steady or moving astern?” the captain called out.
The lookout replied, “Steady, captain,” which meant it was on a dangerous collision course with their ship.
The captain then shouted to the signalman, “Signal the ship: We are on a collision course. Advise you to change course 20 degrees.”
Back came a signal, “Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees!”
In reply, the captain said, “Send: I’m a ship’s captain. Change course 20 degrees, now!”
“I’m a seaman second class, “came the reply, “You had better change course 20 degrees, now!”
By that time, the captain was furious. He spit out a command, “Send: This is a battleship. Change your course immediately.”
Back came the flashing light’s reply. “This is a lighthouse!”
The battleship changed course.
Getting to the spot where we commit to a change of course is absolutely essential if we are going to respond to God properly. God illumines the course we are on with His light. For some God’s light reveals that their present course will result in destruction on the rocks and that without a complete change of course all is lost. For others God’s light reveals that they have veered from the channel of His presence, ways, and purposes and that unnecessary and unintended rough waters lie ahead without an adjustment of course. While we all need to see clearly the ramifications of our present course, at the same time we need to see clearly the course God has in mind for us. This week’s Devotionals seek to provide the impetus we need for making the change in course that will actually allow us to go forward living fully for God in the channel of his presence, ways, and purposes. A rich relationship with God and not material riches is where truly lasting fulfillment is found.
Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:
Lord, I want to live fully for you. I want you to shine your Divine light on my life so that I can fully yield to you and the adjustments you are waiting to make in the course I have been taking with my life. Deliver me from living for myself and the pursuit of earthly riches. I know they will be left behind anyway and only serve to rob me of true fulfillment. I choose you and the lasting spiritual fulfillment that comes from being rich toward you. Amen!