THEME: POWER OF WISDOM
Luke 12:16-21 NIV
“And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ “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?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
-The parable of the rich fool discloses that the man had made an excellent plan to store his crop. He made a good plan to save up for the future, and to enjoy himself. In fact, he had done many things well but he did not prepare for his own soul. Death was not in his planning book. A person does not know when his or her time is coming. It is wise to live a balanced life by securing ones future financially and spiritually by the grace of God. We are called to believe in Jesus and that He died and resurrected for our salvation (1 Peter 3:18). To admit that we are sinners and coming to sincere repentance (Romans 3:10-23). Further, committing ones life to Jesus as our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).
Wisdom is a spiritual gift that we receive from the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8). God gives wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6). We know that there is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord, for the horse is made ready for the day of battle, and victory rests with the Lord (Proverbs 21:30-31). It is then vital to sought for wisdom which only comes from the Lord. James 1:5 reminds us that if anyone lacks wisdom, he/she should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault. Wisdom begins when ones fears the Lord, and gains understanding from Him. The one who finds wisdom is blessed, for it is more profitable that silver and rubies, and yields more returns than gold (Proverbs 3:13-18). King Solomon asked for wisdom, and honor, wealth, possessions, honor, and long life were added to him (2 Chronicles 1:10-12). Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city (Ecclesiastes 7:19). Wisdom enables us to know God better and the eyes of our hearts are enlightened in order that you may understand the hope to which he has called us, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe (Ephesians 1:17-20). Through the Holy Scriptures, we are made wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
How Great are You Lord in all the heavens and the earth. How Great is Your throne dear God Almighty Father. We thank You Abba Father for all the blessings that You have bestowed upon us. May You fill us with Your wisdom that we may always do Your will and become victorious in all that we do. May You grant us the wisdom to use our resources in the ways that honor You, bless others, and finance Your kingdom activities. All blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and strength, belong to You God forever and ever. Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, now and forever. May You bless us and keep us dear Jesus. May You make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace in our hearts, families, nation and all the nations of the world. Amen
Further reading: Psalm 39:6, Revelation 7:12