There are some players in this picture that seem more prepared than their fellow hockey enthusiasts. They are the ones with their hockey sticks touching the ice. Regardless of where the hockey puck is, they have their sticks in position and at the ready. That puck can come out of nowhere and with lightening speed, catching a player off guard. The smart player will keep his hockey stick touching the ice as much as possible.
Today’s verse is a warning from Jesus to a crowd of listeners. It was a specific response to a question about making an inheritance fair. Jesus follows this warning with a parable about the rich fool whose goal in life is to store up more and more things, to the point of building bigger storehouses. There are different kinds of greed to guard against. And knowing that a life of significance is not found in possessions is one of the ways we can keep our “hockey stick on the ice” and be on our guard!
Greed is sneaky and insidious. It is something that I need to guard against or it will influence my thoughts and my behavior. Regardless of how much I have, the world tells me that more is better. But in God’s economy, I am to be, “rich towards God.” (verse 21) And I can be on guard by being in His Word and reminding myself of what really constitutes life; a loving trusting relationship with my Creator. If I am greedy for anything, may it be more of Him, more of His love and beauty in my life!
Lord, be my defense against greed today.