And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
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.
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?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
~~ Luke 12:16-20 (KJV)
My sainted grandmother used to say “man proposes; God disposes”. I didn’t realize that she was quoting Thomas a Kempis from his Of the Imitation of Christ. And he took his cue from Proverbs 19:21.
There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. (KJV)
Translated by The Living Bible, it becomes:
Man proposes, but God disposes.
Life is uncertain. The man in our parable is planning to live a long time, so he laid up treasure to support himself through many years. But he will not live to enjoy those treasures because he will die that very night.
God knows our last breath before we take the first one. I find that comforting. He knows; I don’t have to know. I merely have to trust Him.
I was forcibly reminded of that a few weeks ago. A lovely young woman, the age of my daughters, died suddenly in her sleep. She was in the prime of her life, doing what she wanted to do, being successful at her endeavors. She had accomplished much at work that day. And she is gone – in the blink of an eye.
I’m very glad that her last day at work was successful. But I’m sorry that I never talked with her about her relationship with the Lord. I assumed from what I saw in her, but I don’t know.
Do you know that if this were your last breath, you would immediately be present with the Lord in Paradise? The thief on the cross knew. Jesus told him so. (Luke 23:32-43)
You can be sure of your eternal home.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. ~~ John 3:16-17 (KJV)
It’s very simple. Just follow the Roman Road as taught by David Jeremiah.
I pray for everyone who reads this post that they may see and recognize their need for a Savior, that they may read the texts and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, that they may come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and that they may desire to follow Him forever.
In Jesus’ most precious name, we pray.