After Jesus told the man in Luke 12 that He would not be manipulated by desperate demands, He warns him against covetousness. Covetousness is a churchy word that doesn’t get much use today. He is actually saying (author’s paraphrase): “Set a guard against any form of greed that would drive your soul to possess more then you already have.” There is in the human heart an underlying maxim, false but prevalent, that says if I just have enough money everything will be alright, which stems from an underlying mindset that says I’m not complete in myself so I must find something (some possession, some achievement, some person) to possess that gives me value.

Jesus challenges this faulty reasoning with the solid truth that man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. Left unstated, but clearly implied, is the underlying maxim, true but neglected by so many, that man’s life consists in the depth of his relationship with God — his Creator and Redeemer. God is the ultimate Reality, and our completion comes in Him alone. He is our Source that never fails, but it demands that we stops demanding of Him and learn to receive what He reveals. I do not have to come with the plan. He is/has all we need.

 

Question:

Is He important or is He enough? When all the smoke clears, is He the source of your whole life or is He only a supplement you turn to in trouble?

Spend some time with the Lord with these questions.

 

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way…

Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:1-2,10