NASHVILLE (BP) — This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.
This week’s Bible study is adapted from the Bible Studies For Life curriculum.
Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Discussion Questions: What comes to mind when you hear the word “invest”? How have you reacted to misfortune in the past? What’s the connection between trusting God and investing money wisely?
Food for thought:
The world of financial investing can be a virtual minefield. Countless people have lost their life savings by making emotional, knee-jerk reactions to the natural ebb and flow of our economy. People sell or pull out their money in a panic when real estate or the stock market plummets.
Because of our “instant gratification” society, people often have very little patience. If their investments don’t turn around instant returns, many investors quickly move to the next “big idea” with very little thought.
Solomon knew the danger of the “quick fix,” and he warned his readers to invest wisely and wait patiently. As we’ll see in this passage from Ecclesiastes, the law of the harvest takes time, but it yields a bountiful crop to those who are diligent and willing to work — and patient enough to wait. This principle is critical when it comes to investing our resources in God’s kingdom.
Bible Studies For Life
Bible Studies for Life connects the Bible to life for adults, students, and kids. Bible Studies for Life helps individuals and groups know God’s Word through trustworthy content, creates biblical community through engaging and conversational group studies, and helps people engage the culture missionally by unpacking what the Bible says about real-life issues. More information can be found on the Internet at LifeWay.com/BibleStudiesforLife.
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