October 28 Day 302
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“For where your treasure is, there will be your heart be also.” – Luke 12:34
The Richest Man in the Valley Will Die Tonight
Photo Credit: www.spacedmm.com Rembrandt van Rijn (The rich man from the parable of the rich fool)
Years ago in Germany, there lived a very rich man who owned fields, animals, and every valley as far as you could see around his castle. One night he had a terrible nightmare in which he dreamed that an angel came to him and said, “The richest man in the valley is going to die at midnight tonight!” Terrified from his dream, the rich man woke up drenched in his own sweat. He thought to himself, “I am doomed, for I am the richest man in the valley!”
Worried about his dream, he called his good friend who was also his doctor. Sensing fear in his friend’s voice, he came to visit the rich man where upon he told him about his dream. The doctor examined the rich man, and told him not to worry that he was in perfect health. The rich man said, “No, you don’t understand. The angel said that the ‘richest man’ in the valley is going to die tonight at midnight, and I am the richest man in the valley!” He continued to plead with the doctor to stay with him till after midnight.
As midnight approached, the rich man and the doctor waited with much anticipation as the clock showed 11:59 p.m. Then, when the clock struck midnight, it started the first of its twelve chimes. “One!” “Two!” “Three!” and so on till it struck, “Ten!” “Eleven” and finally, “Twelve!” The rich man was clutching his chest, breathing heavily as the last of the chimes sounded.
Midnight had come and gone, and he was still alive. He shouted for joy and danced, and then, just as they were just about to toast to life, the rich man heard an urgent knock at his door. It was one of his servants. The man came in with tears in his eyes and told the rich man that “Hans his servant had just died.”
You see, ‘Hans’ was the “richest man” in the valley. He was always seen helping the poor, the widowed, and the fatherless on his time off. When someone was in need, it was Hans that would be there lending a hand. But now he was gone, and the town began to mourn the treasure they had lost. Truly, the richest man in the valley died that night, but it wasn’t the man who trusted in his earthly wealth, but the man who stored up treasure in heaven.
Words to Think About…
<>–ON GREAT WEALTH–<>
I Counted Dollars
I counted dollars, while God counted crosses,
I counted gains, while He counted losses.
I counted my worth by the things in store,
But He sized me up by the scars that I bore,
I coveted honors and sought for degrees,
He wept as He counted the hours on my knees,
I never knew till a day by a grave,
how vain are the things that we try to save,
I did not know till a friend went above,
that richest is he, that is riches in God’s Love.