Planning For The Future

By THE SPIRIT in Luke chapter 12 Jesus taught the parable of the rich fool:

13 Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?”

15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.

17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’

18 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.

19 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.” ’

20 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?’

21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

People plan for a myriad of reasons but it is better to seek guidance from FATHER and keep our perspective in line with laying riches up in Heaven rather than earthly treasures.  There is nothing wrong with saving and planning but it should not be at the expense of our Spiritual wellbeing and future.  Edwin Louis Cole who had a men’s ministry once said “Peace is the umpire of any decision” and I have found this little bit of wisdom to serve me well over the years.  When there is that gnawing conflict deep inside, it is a good indicator that whatever is at issue should be dealt with right away.  It may be time to reverse or alter your course.

Greed frequently causes people to act in a similar manner to the rich fool.  He had his future laid out only to find he didn’t have the future he expected.  This is why I keep directng our focus to being led by THE SPIRIT and spending time with FATHER.  We won’t be disappointed with our lives or our future.  Yes, there will be some who appear to be “living the life” but we must not focus on their temporary good fortune but instead be content with the path FATHER has us on.  We must remember that this world and its systems are not permanent but temporary in nature.  The circumstances existing today will change without notice.  Only FATHER knows how the future will play out so why not simply go to the SOURCE when planning for the future?

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