Ziklag: My Own Worst Counselor | Luke 12:17 | Devotional
Luke 12:17 He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
He was already a rich man, who had everything he needed and everything he wanted. Then came the harvest and wouldn’t you know it…bumper crop! The rich man didn’t think of checking with the local homeless shelter or arrange to help a needy family down the road. He did what he always did; “he thought of himself.” And he came up with the same conclusion. His actions would benefit only himself.
The rich man’s already big barns weren’t big enough, so he decided to build bigger ones to store all his grain and goods. His riches were his security. He had “good things laid up for many years.” It was time to “take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry.” But God wasn’t impressed. “You fool,” He said, “This very night your life will be demanded from you.”
When it comes to our money, self-counsel too often leads us to pamper ourselves. We put in the hours and worked hard. We have earned the right to meet our wants. We deserve the bigger, better, faster. But God is not impressed. His counsel will lead you to a different conclusion. But you cannot hear the voice of God when you are drowning it out with your own.
Lord, help us listen to you, when we want to listen to ourselves. In Jesus’ name. Amen.