Come and listen to a story ’bout a man named Jed
Poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed
Then one day he was shooting for some food,
And up through the ground come a bubbling crude
(Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea)
Well, old Jed’s a millionaire; this provided him with opportunity to move… move to Beverly… “Hills that is with swimming pools, movie stars.” Jed is thinking about whether to move or stay and he is talking about this with his cousin, Pearl.
JED: Pearl, what do you think? Think I oughta move?
PEARL: Jed, how can ya even ask? Look around. You’re eight miles from your nearest neighbor. You’re overrun with skunks, possums, coyotes, and bobcats. Ya use kerosene lamps fer light and ya cook on a wood stove summer and winter. You’re drinkin’ homemade moonshine and warshin’ with homemade lye soap. Your bathroom is fifty feet from the house and you ask, “Should I move?”
JED: I recon you’re right. A man would be a dang fool to leave all this!
I’ve run into this so many times in counseling. Someone comes for help for a life that is full of hurt, pain, and disappointment-basically a self-sufficiently lived life. Then the “what-do-you-think-I-should-do” question comes up. I open the Bible and start to lay out the truth and God’s plan for life. It is at this point I start to hear the Jed logic which is “well, you just don’t understand my situation” and then the person will launch into a litany of justification and blame. Basically they have decided a man or woman would be a “dang fool to leave all of this.”
Not so according to God! In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Matthew 12:13-20), Jesus says that a person who does not trust God and rely on Him is the fool. Luke 12:20-21 (ESV) But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”