During the internet craze of the late 1990s, I, like many others, was enamored with the idea of making a fortune by engaging in online trading of internet stocks. I was reasonably successful and developed a set of trading rules that served me well. One overriding principle was the trend is your friend. In a bull market when the overall market is advancing, the majority of stocks, even those representing weak companies, will also advance. The converse is also true, in a bear market when the overall market is declining, the majority of stocks, even those representing strong companies, will decline. This simple rule served me well for many years but with time, chinks began to appear.
The reality is the trend is a glance at the rear-view mirror. It is a retrospective view that does not necessarily predict future performance. In fact, numerous investment firms make a similar claim, “Past performance is not a guarantee of future success.” Like many investors before me and since I learned the painful and costly lessons of trying to time the stock market. The trend is your friend, except when it isn’t.
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
John 4:7-9 (ESV)
Jesus Christ not only broke the existing trend, but He also set into motion a new one in a completely different direction. The compassion of Jesus Christ toward the Samaritan woman at the well was revolutionary. Jesus broke down the centuries-old barriers that separated the Jews from Samaritans and other Gentiles. He spoke to a woman who had several adulterous affairs and treated her with respect. Two thousand years ago, the teachings and example of Jesus Christ undeniably demonstrated God’s all-encompassing compassion and offer to love to all genders, races, and cultures. Christianity is neither misogynistic or racist. For those who hurl these accusations at Christians, they have often not taken the time to read and study the Bible and learn how Jesus Christ welcomed all sinners who confess and repent of their sins and place their trust in Him as Lord and Savior.
The trend is your friend, except when it is not. Following a trend may work some of the time when investing but in life, only by following the trend started by Jesus Christ are we always guaranteed success.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.