God Grant Me a Chapter 12

“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.  He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’  And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”  Luke 12

King Solomon was granted years of excess.   Ecclesiastes recounts his stupidity of thinking only for himself.   In God’s providential mercy,  Solomon learned eating, drinking and merriment only makes sense if you first “fear God and keeps the commandments.”

We don’t know when our drama will end.   All of heaven is cheering us on but only God knows our last day. Mercifully, God allows us countless rewrites until we complete our final chapter (hour) TBA.

Will God allow us a chapter 12 like Solomon or will we encounter God unexpectedly like the foolish rich man?




Author: Karen Epp

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