At the end of the nineteenth century, the head of the patent office in the USA announced that soon they were going to close that institution because nothing new can be invented. 🙂 Then some other people claimed that it is impossible to fly a vehicle that is heavier than air, that the Titanic will not sink, that a man will never stand on the moon and that many other things, which in fact happened some time later, were impossible.
Thus, we can conclude that:
we are not as smart as we think we are.Some people have already noticed this and in order to somehow function in this complicated world, they base their choices on experts’ opinions. Usually it looks like this:
You go to the bank, where the clerk, with a big smile, using financial jargon full of specialty words, tries to talk you into a ‘bargain’ opportunity of ‘getting’ a credit card: 54 days without any interest! Live and buy!
Now then, as you have the card, it is good to think about investing your savings. In an investment company, the consultant advises you to invest in shares as this is the way to earn the most – according to the motto of Gordon Gekko – “Greed is good”.
Then your friend comes and suggests a good business deal – he has a chance to buy a plot from the city hall at a bargain price. This would be a great spot for your dream house. He would take only 5% for organizing the deal for you – he knows what he is talking about , in the end he is a civil servant.
The company you work for offers to give part of your salary through unofficial channels – That’s how you can earn more money – explains your boss smilingly – why should we pay so much in taxes?
Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,
they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
(Proverbs 1:30-32, NIV)
After a few months things get more complicated. The boss is no longer available at the company, and you receive only your official salary in your account. When you ask the accountant about it, she replies with a smile: “I don’t understand what you mean. This is the salary you have on your contract.” You scratch your head as you have just realized that you are unable to pay your credit card off – you bought a few things hoping the salary would come soon. You look through the bank rules and realize that the interest rate is 26,99%, so you run to the financial advisor to get your life savings back in order to pay off the card. However, it turns out that instead of the shares rising, they shrank 61%. You have no choice – you withdraw the money and you see red and it also turns out that you have to pay over 2% for the shares. You walk back home in an attempt to calm down and you ask God: “Why did you allow this to happen to me? Why didn’t you protect me? Why was I cheated?
At home, your wife hands you the phone with a call from the central anti-corruption bureau for an interrogation about the purchase of the plot of land.
And you could have just read and applied what God said.
We get a hold of different bargains and trust people instead of God. We do not recognize His warnings in the Bible. What good is it that our Creator provided us with instructions? God’s Word – who reads it anyway?
If you read and applied it, that day could have been totally different.
You would not accept the credit card, so that you do not owe anything to anybody except love. (Romans 13:8)
You would not aggressively invest in shares as the love of money is the root of all evil. (1 Tim 6:10)
You would never agree to get part of your salary in an unofficial way as you would want to avoid anything that has an appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
You would never give a commission (i.e. a bribe), remembering that crooked ways are quickly revealed. (Proverbs 10:9)
And after coming back home you would hug your wife and thank God for safety and life, which He has provided for you, as better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)
God warns us! But do you really want to know His opinion on every single matter in your life? When was the last time you read His Word regularly? Can you say where your Bible is right now?