Matthew 6:19: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I’ve been following the stock market recently, not really for any purpose other than a hobby. I find following businesses interesting and learning what makes the stock market fluctuate on a daily basis, however I feel like it will not hold my interest for too much longer.
I came across an interesting concept relating to stocks. Allow me to explain, all stocks fluctuate up or down, even stocks that consistently go up over time. You take Google for example, which started somewhere around $30 and is now over $1000 at the time of this writing, the line upwards is not a straight line, there is something called “resistance”. If a stock is going through resistance, goes up for a bit, and then comes down, this allows investors who are day trading to take any profit out of the jump in price and sell their shares to either buy again later or abandon the stock completely. Without boring you with much more financial terminology, the concept of resistance is when a stock falls after hitting a ceiling and a support level is when a stock falls to the point of investors wanting to buy back.
Ok now for the point to all this, stocks along with any type of finances or wealth are all temporary as the verse above describes. What really matter is our eternal, heavenly investment in Jesus. When we accept Him as our Savior, we establish our names in the book of Life. As a Christian we too, face “resistance”. It is not just a straight shot to heaven without any pain or worries. If we believe we have “invested” in the right future, aka Jesus, we will hold fast to Him and not be shaken when we hit resistance. Christians that face trials and tribulations will be tempted to”sell” and “cut their losses” and end up losing out on our glorious reward. Remember the support level of stocks that once they drop, investors will start buying again. If we hit resistance and hold fast, we will hit the “support” level where Jesus will see us through our struggles if we hold onto him.
I hope this makes sense, I know it can be considered a stretch to compare to the stock market but the concept I want to get across is that the Christian life is not easy, but it IS worth it….IF we hold fast to our great reward that will be awaiting us in heaven with our Heavenly Father who is waiting to embrace us with open arms! Halleluiah! See Romans 8:18
How do I respond to struggles that come? Do I turn to God to hold me through them or do I become frustrated when they aren’t removed immediately? How can I keep an eternal focus in my life when I am faced with day to day frustrations?
Jesus, help me understand that this life with you may not be easy but it is worth any amount of challenges I may face. Help me turn to you daily in prayer and meditation upon your Word to allow me to keep focused on what is really important. Forgive me for my doubts and help me be a light to others who may havethem. In Jesus name, Amen.