There is no gamble with God

Written by Bill Bradford

There is no gamble with God

I was sitting in a shopping centre having a coffee consulting with one of our men who assists in pastoral work in the church and I observed something I had not noticed before in just that way. I was facing the local newsagent and saw a long line of elderly people at the counter. It gradually occurred to me that they were in line waiting to buy a lotto ticket. I found out later that the jackpot was astronomical on this particular Golden Casket lotto draw. This was a Thursday and the pension cheques had come in. Vans unloaded the seniors, some with walking sticks, some with walkers, but all showing a determination to make the counter to buy their lotto ticket.

I felt very sad to see this happening. Here was once vibrant and hardworking people, now experiencing one of their highlights in life - buying their lotto ticket and waiting for the draw. Some of the elderly sat at a table next to us, fingering their lotto ticket, probably pondering the numbers they had selected.

Is this what life for these people had come to - Lotto and the dream of winning something big? I was saddened for those who were spending not just money, but what hope they had on a lotto ticket. You will also find similar things going on at the RSL where some of their government pension goes to the slot machines (“pokies”).

There is no gamble with God. God doesn’t gamble. He has a plan and the outcome of that plan is certain. In fact, He makes it a promise. Many people, even some biblical scholars, see the works of God as random, spontaneous, reactive and without plan or purpose. But God does not gamble, and those who trust in Him are not gambling either.

God has to carry out what he says He will do, otherwise He isn’t God. Everything God does or says, and what He has inspired to be written as His testimony, has purpose. Everything is related to His great plan of salvation for the human race. There is purpose in not just some of the things He does, but everything He does. His methods should be understood.

In your relationship with God, it is important to know the sure outcome of your faith. You can’t wait until the end of your life to decide to have faith in Him. You have to begin when you are young and live your life in a way that shows that you believe Him.

There is no gamble with God. It is a sure thing. As we were leaving the food court area where my friend and I were having coffee, there was one more poor soul with hope in her heart pushing her walker toward the end of the Golden Casket line. There is no misspent money with God, no wasted effort, no lost hope - there is no gamble with God.


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  • Anonymous

    19 December 2015 at 10:58 | #

    Many years ago, because of stress and any other excuse I can think of, I was, I am embarrassed to admit, caught up with gambling for a short time. I used to watch the pathetically sad as I was people, live with a false hope that doesn't come from God.
    I don't even know why I allowed myself to get caught up in it, I thought I was a lot smarter and wiser than that. But I have since learned that all flesh is weak without God.
    It sure was a nightmare roller coaster ride, I was up one minute because I'd won, and down the next minute because I'd lost. If anything, apart from how truly blessed I am that God has shown me His Truth, I've learned that the world's hope is temporary, fleeting, and often cruel, especially if your hopes can be so quickly raised and dashed in so short a time. In a way I'm glad I experienced it for that short time (I hope that doesn't sound wrong), because it helped me to understand how little real hope there is in this world, and how desperately people need God's Kingdom.


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