The Parable of the Rich Fool:
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 unto 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 12:16-21
The Parable of the Rich Fool is one that brings light to how one should view obtaining wealth. Many misinterpret this parable as well as Matthew 19:23-24. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” – Matthew 19:23-24
These two passages have been misinterpreted as God’s clear directive not to obtain wealth when in fact God wants us to be prosperous. The key is having a balance between uplifting God’s kingdom, doing his will and not allowing personal wealth to interfere with our walk with the Lord. “False balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.” – Proverbs 11:1
One of the riches people to have ever lived, King Solomon had a very close and personal relationship with God. King Solomon’s worth was in the BILLIONS as translated to the standard dollar. The book of 1 Kings in the bible tells about how Solomon prayed and asked God for an understanding heart and wisdom to judge his people. God was so pleased with Solomon’s humble prayer that He granted Solomon with a level of wisdom and understanding that, according to the Word has and will surpass anyone else, EVER! Verse 13,14: “And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches and honor so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
The key to understanding this parable lies within the last sentence. “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God”. King Solomon is the perfect example of how to begin a healthy walk with the Lord as well as obtain success in our personal lives. Seeking God’s kingdom before his own is what released the flood gates to Solomon's personal wealth directly from the Lord.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33