Get-Rich-Quick Schemes

Proverbs 23:5 Cast but a glance at riches and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. NIV

I am thinking mostly of the lottery here.  Before I knew Christ, I played the lottery some, mostly in my college days in hopes to hit the jackpot.  Occasionally, I would take the last bit of money I had and go play.  I would sometimes win a small amount, but then I would use that to play again.  Once I played again I lost everything. Isn’t that pretty typical for most who play the lottery?  This was money that I desparately needed for food and rent.  What was I thinking?

There are so many more schemes out there now besides the lottery.  And the internet has really opened up avenues to get-rich schemes.  Buy this book and earn money quick!  Or sign up now and make thousands of dollars in a matter of a few of months. Guaranteed business opportunity: make up to eighty thousand dollars in a year!!  Have you seen these adverstisements before?

What does the Bible say about getting rich quickly?  Well riches will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky.  There is a parable about the prodigal son that parallels this verse.  The prodigal son demanded his inheritance from his father and then, he wasted it all in a foreign land.  Finding himself among the pigs (literally), he came to his senses and went back home. The inheritance he had sprouted wings and flew off. 

During my college days, I received a call from a person representing a firm that sets up low cost vacations to well-known vacation spots around the country. The representative told me that I was selected to receive one of these low cost vacations.  I only needed to give them my credit card number.  The person on the line seemed so desparate to get my card number that I turned down such a wonderful opportunity.  The vacation really sounded great and wasn’t going to cost much.

It ended up being a scam targeting college students and many had fell for it.  So schemes seem appealling at first, but leave you without.

What if you came across an opportunity, but you are unsure if it is a good investment or just a scheme?

:: Seek the Lord’s guidance always with your financial affairs.

:: Ask the Lord for wisdom and ask Him to guide you through His Word.  Sometimes the Lord will show you certain verses that reveals His will about a certain situation.

:: Get godly counsel from other christian friends that you trust if you are not sure about the opportunity.

:: Wait!!!  Don’t be hasty with any financial decision.

:: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not worth the risk.