11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
3 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Our county is in an uproar about a 1.3 billion dollar lottery win. This means that the covetous public has given the government billions of dollars. The government who already supports gambling is more than willing to take these hopeful donations into its swamp of over-spending. There is a hype over this winnable sum that is causing deceived people to part with their hard-earned and often desperately needed money. When people give this much money away in hopes of a win they are not able to use that money to meet their needs nor to meet the needs of the church and the society.
Within each of us is a spirit of covetousness that we have to fight against all the time. Jesus told us to beware of covetousness for life does not consist of what we posses but of who we are. Paul told us to learn to be content in all times both good and bad and that Christ is our strength enabling us to be content. The writer of Hebrews makes a stronger statement telling us to live totally apart from covetousness for the Lord Jesus is ever with us and is better than that which we covet.
- Gambling feeds our covetous desires.
- Gambling takes away our contentedness in what we have.
- Gambling takes our eyes off of the ever present Provider, the Lord Jesus, and puts them on the possible winnings.
This lottery has revealed the inner person of many people. People are discontent. People want something for nothing. People wish for extreme amounts of money and are willing to pay an extra tax to the government swamp to get what they think they want.
I don’t play the lottery. Contentedness is a battle for me which battle I am currently on top of. Gambling makes me think about what I might buy if I win. Sure, you can say you will give most of it away. But you have plans for the portion you keep. Learn to be content. I have never had a windfall profit and have thus had to trust God and work hard for everything I have. I get it, winning the lottery would be really cool. But I don’t want to feed discontent and covetousness for those are not neutral attitudes within me. Jesus is ever with me. He and His provision are better than the lottery. I don’t want to lose Him. Keep your money in your wallet. Let others pay the lottery tax. You are not going to win anyway. The lottery is funded by losers, not winners. The church is funded by those who surrendered to Christ entrust their gifts to His work. All who give to the Lord are winners, even Jesus taught that.
As you know, tonight we have Kids4Truth, youth group, and adult prayer and Bible study. See you at 7:00.
I went last night to see our friend, Bonnie Verway. The tube was removed and she was alert and talking with us. It was nice to see her this way. We don’t know how long she can live apart from the IV meds but we do know that God is in control and our trust is in Him. The family appreciates all prayers made on their behalf.
Our country needs our prayers. The next President, whomever it is, needs our prayers. They will be inheriting a very difficult situation both nationally and globally. Pray for those who are over us so that we can lead quiet and peaceable lives.
Have a great day in the Lord,