For those people intent on storing up for themselves earthy riches, there is little or no evidence in the Word of God to substantiate their desire. To the contrary, there are numerous verses that make it crystal clear that “selling out” to become wealthy is dangerous, unethical, contrary to a successful walk with God and self-serving.
Last week, here in the United State, there was another huge lottery jackpot. As usual when this happens, people went crazy not only buying tickets but wasting time dreaming of everything they would get and do with 400+million dollars. As it turned out, 16 co-workers in New Jersey purchased a block of numbers and won.
Every day in this country there are hundreds of thousands of people, many of them elderly folks living on fixed incomes, who make their trek to the local casino, horse track or convenience store to buy lotto tickets. The desire to “get rich quick” has become an addiction for countless people. Even those who play penny slots for hours on end are addicted to the “rush” of winning a jackpot, no matter how small.
Have people no better use of their time and money than to gamble? Although the Bible does not bring up the subject specifically, it is plainly evident for those with eyes to see that God does not bless and supply His people’s needs through the gambling of others. This is actually borderline stealing except that people willingly give up their money.
I have a 97 year old uncle who until a year or so ago went or was taken to a casino four or five times a week to play the slot machines for hours on end. His wife and children were and are just as obsessed with gambling as he was. I can honestly say that gambling is that family’s religion.
A few years ago one of his daughters and her husband inherited close to a million dollars. They immediately went to Las Vegas and spent a week losing over $300,000 of what they had inherited. Last I heard, they were claiming poverty and getting support from my uncle who lives in a nursing home now. Needless to say I am not close to this part of my family at all.
Whether working 80 hours per week to make a bunch of extra money, being involved with “pyramids” and other scams or “investing” tons of money in various forms of gambling; anyone who becomes addicted to these things will in due time find themselves financially or spiritually bankrupt. Those who seek riches instead of seeking God are doomed to poverty. Those who spend all their extra money on trying to win more money instead of helping family and those in need will ultimately be destitute.
Money, and the love of it, is indeed a slippery slope that has ruined countless lives, marriages and families. Those who sell their very souls to the quest of getting rich usually end up poor or with a gun held to their head when they figure out there is no way out of the debt they are in.
As God’s people we need to take the high road and prove that quality of our lives is not found in how much we get and have but rather in how much we love God, our spouse and family along with how much we give to others. If you don’t believe this, set up an appointment and spend a little time chatting with King Solomon.
As always, Blessings 2 You
It is rather scary to read about the fates of so many people who suddenly find themselves a "winner". Often it is only a matter of becoming destitute in less than five years. While we certainly should seek to wisely handle what God gives us, we need to take your words to heart:
[quote]As God’s people we need to take the high road and prove that quality of our lives is not found in how much we get and have but rather in how much we love God, our spouse and family along with how much we give to others. [/quote]
I see people afraid to give up the lottery in case the week they do not play is the week their numbers come up. They are truly gripped by fear. This is what gambling does.
[quote]Those who spend all their extra money on trying to win more money instead of helping family and those in need will ultimately be destitute.[/quote] Amen