Summary: In the Parable of the Rich Fool the Lord gives us five reasons that show us how foolish this man and his way of thinking was!
First, We Are Fools When We Do Not Give God The Credit For Things He Has Done. (v. 16)
“Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.”
This parable is addressed to the multitude, for it says that Jesus spoke this parable to them (plural), underline that word in your text. I think that it is important to note that this parable does not condemn this man for being rich. And to his credit it would appear that this man had come by his wealth honestly.
Notice that Jesus did not say, “A certain man worked very hard and accumulated a great fortune.” He said, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.” The man worked, that is true and he may have even worked very hard. But apart from the blessing of God, he could have encounter blight or drought and he would have had no harvest at all. But as this farmer looked at his amazing harvest he did not see the hand of God – he saw only his own effort. Warren Wiersbe puts it this way, “The material blessings of life are either a mirror in which we see ourselves or a window through which we see God.” [Warren Wiersbe. Windows On the Parables (Wheaton, Illinois: Victor Books, 1979] p. 113.]
But don’t we do the same thing today!
How do we look at the blessing in life that we have received? Do we think of God? Are we humbled that God has chosen us to receive such blessings?
We Are Fools When We Do Not Give God The Credit For Things He Has Done And…
Secondly, We Are Fools When We Make Plans But Leave God Out. (vv. 17-18)
"And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ (18) "So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.”
There was nothing wrong with his desire to build more barns, it was both wise and prudent. The problem lays in the fact that there is no thought of sharing. In the original Greek the personal pronoun “my” occurs four times and “I” eight times. Even in the English we see the pronoun “I” five times and “my” four times. Notice he how he says my crops, my barns, my goods. He is confused between ownership and stewardship. He forgot that he was not the owner but only the possessor and the steward. All that had belonged to God. So it is with us, It is not ours to own it is ours on loan.
We Are Fools When We Make Plans But Leave God Out And…
Third, We Are Fools When We Live Only For the Moment. (v. 19) “ ‘And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."‘
In this verse although he addresses himself as “soul” it is the physical life that he is really concerned about.
This man thought that when he put his plan into being that he would he would have it made for years to come. But all of this is based on the fact that this man expected to control the fate of future crops. He envisioned the future as continually expanding and under his control. But nothing could be further from the truth.