Gambling Displaces God As Your Provider: It Doesn’t Pay

Believers in Jesus have bought a major lie of the world: If gambling funds will be used for a good cause, gambling is justified. Therefore, individuals buy lottery tickets because Governments say they will use the proceeds to fund hospitals. Further, they buy similar tickets from churches and Christian charities under the guise they want to help the churches and charities, but they hope to win a prize. They perpetuate a cycle of wasting God’s money as they drift from God gradually.

Gambling clearly displaces God as supplier of needs and transfers dependency from God to the hope of winning that illusive prize; it’s an obvious waste of God’s money. The wish for more than we have causes folks to succumb to temptation and plunge into ruin and destruction. Listen to Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 6:9-10:

People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

As mentioned in this verse, people wander from the faith and rationalize their gambling habits. Indeed, some want to “help” God by winning large sums thereby “removing the need” for Him to provide for them. What absurdity!

When you gamble you risk losing what you stake in the hope of winning more. This action communicates directly that you will not consult God, will not depend on Him, but rather you will take a chance and divert His money away from Kingdom work. Proverbs 28:22 cautions as follows: A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth and does not know that want will come upon him.

The get rich quick and effortlessly doctrine propels folks into all forms of gambling. In vain they strive to supplement income to gain wealth and independence, ignorant of the caution in Proverbs 23:4-5:

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.

Wealth in proper perspective, under God’s control, is fine. We need funds to use to further God’s Kingdom. But when we covet it, become obsessed by it, and weary ourselves to gain it, then it starts to control us. The real issue is this: will you trust Jesus to supply your needs or will you displace Him by gambling funds He has entrusted to you to further His Kingdom? Apostle Paul portrays God’s graciousness as a supplier of our needs in these verses in 2 Corinthians 9:10-13:

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

Depend on Jesus and He will give you what you need, when you need it. Do you believe?

Michel A. Bell is author of the The New Managing God’s Money-The Basics, teacher, preacher, founder and president of Managing God’s Money, and a former senior business executive. For Christian financial advice, biblical stewardship advice, and advice on personal effectiveness improvement, and other leadership matters, visit: Managing God’s Money.

Copyright © 2012 Michel A. Bell.

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Michel A. Bell

Michel A. Bell is a former senior business executive, author of five books, speaker, and adjunct professor of business administration at Briercrest College and Seminary. He is founder and president of Managing God's Money, a private mission devoted to teaching biblical stewardship of time, talent, money and other resources. Visit Managing God's Money

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