Two old friends met one day after not seeing each other for many years. One had attended college and had been very successful. The other had not attended college and never had much ambition, but he still seemed to be doing very, VERY well indeed. The college graduate was curious as to why so he asked his friend, "How has everything been going with you?" The less-educated, less-ambitious man replied, "Well, one day, I opened my Bible at random, and dropped my finger on a page. The word under my finger was 'oil.' So, I invested in oil, and boy, did the oil wells gush. A few years later I tried the same method again, and my finger stopped on the word 'gold.' So, I invested in gold, and those mines really produced. Today, I'm as rich as a Rockefeller." The college-educated friend was so impressed that he rushed to his hotel, grabbed a Gideon Bible, flipped it open, and dropped his finger on a page. When he opened his eyes, he saw that his finger rested on the words, "Chapter Eleven."
Now-this story illustrates two things. First, it shows that taking verses randomly out of context is not a good way to study God's Word. But this story underscores a second truth, namely: all people long for advice on financial matters-everyone yearns for wisdom when it comes to how to handle their money. This is especially true in when our world seems to impose so much financial gravity.
The fact of the matter is that no matter how much money we have, if we're not very careful it can become one of the greatest sources of stress in our lives. On Sunday as we continue our series on Defying Gravity we're going to look at some of God's wisdom about managing our resources.
I look forward to seeing you all!