Today’s Scripture: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: Matthew 6:19
In my lifetime, there have been several massive stock market crashes. Investing in the stock market can be an intense roller coaster ride. For the person who has a lot of money invested in stocks, I imagine that it can be hard to sleep at times, wondering if that money will still be there.
Is there such a thing as a one hundred percent secure investment? When you invest, there are certain places that are safer than others but that usually means a very low interest rate. A higher interest rate usually means there is a higher chance of your money disappearing. There is really no one hundred percent guaranteed secure investment. A lot of people have created schemes to make money, and it is possible to lose your life savings just like that.
There are not a lot of places where you can put your money and know for sure that it is not going to disappear. Even burying it in the ground isn’t a great idea – there’s a chance it won’t be there when you go to dig it up.
According to the FBI a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States every forty-four seconds. Fifteen million residents and counting in the United States have lost their identity. Fifty billion dollars have been stolen as a result of identity theft.
According to the University of Cambridge in England, three billion dollars in art and artifacts are stolen every year around the world, and that’s just thievery. According to the International Association of Corrosion Engineers the direct cost of corrosion in the United States is two hundred seventy-six billion dollars – that’s over three percent of our gross domestic product that rusts away.
Do you want to put your money in a place that there will be no thievery or rust or corrosion or any potential of any of it being taken away? Do you want great interest rates on it? Tithing is that place. When you give it to the Lord, that money is invested in missions and ministry and all sorts of things. Give to the Lord now. It is one hundred percent secure that it will never ever be stolen again.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.