Investments

by Sheri Schofield

This morning I watched a sales pitch to invest in the stock market on the advice of a very knowledgeable expert. In the presentation, the advisor showed the side view of a brass bull’s face. It was part of the statue standing in front of the Stock Exchange. The words the advisor said were, “This is going to be a bull market.” He predicted it will be a time of great financial gain as certain innovations take off. We are facing retirement. We’d like to have financial security. Should we invest in the stock market?

It was tempting to invest. But that eye of that bull reminded me of ancient Israel’s worship of the golden bull calf. They believed that by worshipping Baal, they would gain financially.

My thoughts went to Mathew 6:19-2 (NLT), where Jesus said, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moth and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be.

It reminded me that our security is not in earthly things, but in God. There is no security in any other source. Our security is not in a paycheck. It is not in investments. It is in our Father who reigns over all the earth. My heart has been focused on missions for many years. The needs of those serving Jesus on the mission field can only be met as others give to their work.

I turned the ad off. It may have been sound financial advice…or not. I will never know, because my investments will continue to be in the kingdom of God, not the kingdoms of man. We will continue trusting our Father to supply all our needs, not the supposed coming bull market.

I refuse to be one who gravitates to the newspaper every morning to check on my investments. What thrills me is the emails I receive from missionaries who are experiencing miracles as they step out in faith for God’s kingdom on earth, though they struggle in many physical ways. Their eyes are on Jesus. That’s where my eyes must always be if I wish to receive his blessing. This is my team. I will trust our Captain.

What about our own needs? Paul wrote, “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NLT).

Our God is the one true God. We may never be rich in earthly goods, but as long as we keep focused on Jesus, we will be rich in eternal rewards. That is enough for me to face the future with my chin up and my heart full of joy. God alone is my security. God alone is my strength.

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble…”Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:1, 10 (NLT)

This article brought to you by the Advance Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Sheri Schofield, award-winning author and Bible teacher, has added a new way to share faith in Jesus: Her latest book, Before You Find Me, is a contemporary romantic suspense featuring a strong Christian who faces a crisis that tests her courage. Tara, a freshman at West Texas A&M whose parents are dead, learns that her younger sister witnessed a murder. To protect her siblings, she must spirit them out of Texas before the murderer learns there was a witness to his act. Tara has one day in which to act. Can she do it? She remembers a family ranch in Montana…and Ben, the boy next-door, who captured her heart once. Will he still be there? Will he help her protect her family now? This book entertains while it presents godly responses to danger and struggles. Sometimes fiction can draw people closer to God when they will not be drawn by nonfiction. Before You Find Me is available at http://www.sherischofield.com.

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