Investors in the “market” have had a rough ride recently. With the stock markets’ radical performance, risk tolerances have been seriously tested. A lot of nervous people are concerned about the future of their hard-earned savings. Will there still be enough to meet our financial goals? Will this impact our plans? Will we have to readdress our expectations? Should we look closer at gold, silver, or palladium? The “what-if’s” rob us of sleep then awaken us again at 3 o’clock in the morning!
These concerns are real, but remembering another reality may be helpful. Whether or not we decide to consider moving assets into precious metals as a hedge against losses, we can decide to move our hopes towards some investments that will ensure long-term significant dividends.
The reality is that our assets are a stewardship – an entrusting to us. When we are done – I mean done done, gone, someone else will possess our possessions. That’s a 100% sure thing. Psalm 49 expresses this brutal truth. Also Jesus, speaking in Luke 12:20, challenges us to keep it in perspective. Describing someone planning a prosperous future: “But God said to him, ‘Fool, This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’” (NKJV) Someday it all goes away.
So what can we do about it? We can do our best with it while we have it. Our best? Diversify with investment in eternity. First be sure our sins are forgiven and that eternal life is legitimately ours. Only then can we actually have a future and a hope when life’s done. Then invest in things that last forever. That means invest in people and in God’s Word. Matthew 6:19-21 encourages us to send assets ahead, where moths and rust don’t corrupt and where thieves (or the market) can’t break through and steal. Those investments are safe.