Who Made the Sun Shine?
Look again at Luke 12:16-21,
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."' But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
Take a look at the few words that this man spoke. In his short declaration, he uses the word I six times and the word my five times!
His perspective was a very selfish one.
Here are a few questions to ponder:
· Who gave the rain that made his crops grow?
· Who made the soil out of which his crops grew?
· Who made the seed he planted?
· Who caused the sun to shine?
· Who gave him the physical strength to work the field?
· Who gave him his soul?
The answer to all of those is God. Yet he makes no acknowledgement of God in his speech, planning, or giving. He should have been thanking God for all His blessings and asking the Lord what He wanted done with His things.
Be faithful to acknowledge God and to ask Him what to do with His resources over which you are a steward.
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