Matthew 6:19-21 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also.
I have always believed this passage and have been living it but today the reality of the passage hit me once again when Lucky came back home from our stock brokers office to tell me that my shares plunged and I lost so many thousands of dollars (USD) in the markets, Immediately I heard in my head this voice say "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth" and I knew right then the Good Lord was teaching me a great lesson and for me to take the message out there to my brothers and sisters that Help only comes from the Lord Trust Him for all your needs Phil 4:19 but am not going to be worried for my God is on the Throne and He will SURELY TAKE CARE OF ME AND ALL THOSE WHO CALL UPON HIS HOLY NAME AMEN
I laughed at myself when I remembered how late last year, I was so foolishly drinking the "kool - aid" of investing in stocks, I went against core biblical principles and against all I have held dear to my heart and lastly against the wish of my husband (in fact I got him to change his mind, something he rarely does . . . but he did now I wish he had resisted)
I have always gone to God for direction in our finances, because I know He is my Source and Provider, without Him I would not have anything , As you all know we in African we trust in God and not in our Govt for they don't take care of nobody so everyone goes to God for their needs, that said I still decided to be "smart" and make some "investments" for I was listening to the stock market analysis daily and my mum also convinced me to invest in stocks as she was busy pumping hundreds of thousands of US Dollars/ millions of Naira into the markets so I followed suite and today lost over fifty percent of what I invested.
Am I mad or angry ? No! just a bit disappointed for I wished I had remained focused and stood on the Biblical principles I have held all these years, after all I have never being money conscious in my life and so far I have always given God the Glory for all He has blessed me with but , I guess in life there are times you feel that maybe you should try your hand on certain things, test the waters so to speak but , as soon as they don't Work out you cut your losses and go on with life.
So Another lesson has been learnt today for I doubt I would be taking that road again so am ok. For if ever I have trusted that there is any help in the World My God has shown me that He is my only hope and that I should go back to His Master plan for my life so am grateful that I Have my God and His Grace is sufficient for me and all those who trust in Him.
I Pray that God helps all who lost their investments in the latest carefully, masterminded and arcane so called Economic Crisis and let us remember that the only place to keep in investing on is the Kingdom of God don't be deceived the World cannot give you anything in return rather they will take yours and add to theirs . . . whoever and wherever they are.
Let us avoid enslavement to the World & Corporate greed that has ravaged the entire World whereby you work so hard and still lose it to the same corrupt World banking and government system.
God knows. . . that knowing what I know now, this story may have been different . . .
just as it would be from now onwards by Gods Grace.