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Pull down my barns and build bigger ones

The title of today's sharing comes from the mouth of the rich man in the parable that Jesus tells his listeners (Luke 12:13-21). The man wanted more room to store his crops so he could sit back and enjoy the fruits of his labour by taking things easy, drink and have a good time. In a sense to snuggle into a thick security blanket without a care in the world. Sounds tempting I know.

However, Jesus encourages his listeners to be mindful that nothing is that secure. We need to have our priorities sorted. Our relationship with God and his purposes are our first priority not the things we possess and perhaps covet more and more that never ultimately satisfy. God is the one in control not us. It is sobering to hear the words, "Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?"

Hearing the taIk about grain and barns calls to mind for me the farmers in the Ukraine who have harvested their wheat and are having to watch it deteriorate in their barns. The grain for the most part according to reports unable to be shipped to countries that are in desperate need of it to feed their people. Utterly tragic and soul destroying. No one is benefitting but those perhaps wanting to create big noise and chaos to shore up their own position and security.

If our parable is anything to go by and it is they are creating a false security.

Holy God, help us to rely on you and say no to unbridled power and greed.

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Blessings on your week.

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