“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’” Luke 12:20 (NIV)
Our physical needs are often top of mind for us. These needs tend to rise to the surface of our prayers most frequently and occupy the most space in our conversations with the Father. Bringing our physical needs to Him is right and good. Jesus modeled this when He told us to ask for our “daily bread” in the Lord’s prayer. But this can be a slippery slope. We can quickly begin to treat Jesus like a cosmic Santa Claus who is there to make us happy and give us everything we want.
God is our provider, but He is not our indulger. He will not indulge our every whim just to keep us comfy and satisfied. If He did, that would lead to greed, and greed is destructive to both the physical body and the spiritual soul. Greed will not be satisfied. It is all-consuming. It pushes its way to the front and steps on everything else on its way. Just a little greed left unchecked eventually devours all other desires and leaves you wanting more.
If God looked at your mindset about possessions, what would He say? Would He say, “you fool,” for trusting in temporary treasures or would he pull you close and smile at your child-like faith? God doesn’t want to condemn us to being fools forever! The most loving thing He can do is to wake us up and call us to something more.
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