Lotto Fever

Sam Petitfils

"He who works his land will have plenty of food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished"  Proverbs 28:19-20

Yesterday we wrote about the blessing of hard work.  Today we take a look at the other path people consider: something for nothing. We will call it lotto fever.

The lottery is often sold as a “win-win” proposal.  Many people contribute a little bit so that a few may be enriched.  It doesn't seem to hurt anyone.  I suppose what concerns me the most about the lotto is the underlying message: work less to get more.

The passage in Proverbs above warns against chasing fantasies and indulging an eagerness to get rich.  Of course, every time someone wins big, the media hype seems almost unrestrained.  Yet such stories often lead to anything other than happiness.  Money without God, purpose and blessing will only lead to sorrow and misery. I have known people who invest their money in “sure-bets,” only to lose much of their wealth.  They were looking for an easy way out.  Many fall prey to clever sales pitches, “can’t miss” bargains, and “once in a lifetime” offers.  Yet we can never improve upon God’s plan of trusting Him while pursuing meaningful work.

Here are some things to avoid:

Risky gambles that sound too good to be true.

The “easy way out,” which is almost never the best way.

Offers and schemes that we know little about, but are built on the dreams of someone else. (Proverbs 14:23)

Any and all attempts to get rich quick.

Any idea that grows out of a bad motive.

Here are some things to do:

Pray about everything and continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Consider opportunities only after conducting due diligence and research, while never deciding things out of haste. (21:5)

Commit and re-commit your plans to the Lord. (Proverbs 16:3)

Invest wisely, slowly, patiently, and prayerfully. (Proverbs 13:11)

Work in your present calling until God makes it very clear that it’s time to move on. (Proverbs 12:11; James 4:14)


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