I was a young believer. I had only known Yeshua for a little over a year when I was led to invest in silver. I purchased two $1,000 bags of silver coins and hid them in a hole I cut out in the wall behind our washing machine. It was early in 1976 and the Hunt brothers had begun a scheme to corner the world market in silver. Every day my investment increased in value substantially. One day, I heard a message on the passage from Matthew where Yeshua said: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
The Holy Spirit convicted me and I tearfully told Jamie: “My heart is in the wall.” She had no idea what I was talking about until I explained to her what I had done with the silver, and what the Lord had shown me. I went straight home, got the bags of silver out of the wall and sold them the next day. The value of silver continued to increase for another year or so until on “Silver Thursday,” it simply collapsed due to a change in the requirements for margin purchases of commodities like silver. This was a difficult lesson to learn, and Yeshua was kind enough to teach it to me as a young believer.
Yeshua has more to say on money than any other topic. but He warns against putting faith in money to secure the future. Money fails to solve life’s biggest problems, but it can dominate a person’s life, diverting attention away from God. Yeshua challenges us to break free of money’s power—even if it means giving it all away. (Matthew 19:16-22)