A Rich Fool and His Disappointment

Luke 12:20

“But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”

This verse is the last part of a story that Jesus told of a rich man who was truly a fool. You may wonder how could a man who became very rich be a fool. Could that be possible?

The rich man in Jesus’ story was a successful farmer who became very prosperous. He kept increasing the size of his barn, saying, “This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.” He then boastfully said, “And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” He kept all his wealth to himself to enjoy. He was least concerned about God and other men around him who were in great need.

But an unexpected twist occurred in this man’s story. Suddenly, God was ready to take his life, and said to him, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” God calls him “a fool” because he was “lacking sense” while he lived in ignorance (or perhaps negligence) of the impending day of his death and God’s judgment. To live without the fear of God is folly!

Children, good success in worldly pursuits (like studies, business, career, sports, arts, etc.), without your soul’s salvation and progress being cared for, is indeed folly. Be rich towards God, and be wise!

Prabhudas Koshy