Proverbs 13:10-12 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
In the late 1990’s there was a man on the news who won a large amount of money from the lottery. His newspaper comments, if they are accurate, said he thanked God for helping him pick the right numbers, and was giving a lot of the money to his church.
Several people I know commented, “Oh how I wish that could have been our church.” I know they meant this in an innocent, and loving way. While we were in the midst of a building program, the thought of having all the money we might need to complete the structure would have been nice. However, wait a minute; didn’t he get all that money by gambling? Didn’t thousands upon thousands of people who really needed their money foolishly wager a bet, and have to lose it for him to become rich? Some people bet their rent, while others will let their children go hungry because of their addiction to gambling.
Do you think for one minute God really had anything to do with it? The same God who says in Proverbs 13:11 “wealth gotten by VANITY shall be diminished.” The word vanity means emptiness, or “like a breath,” or nothing there. This man gambled, and received this money from doing nothing to earn it. It would be interesting to know what he had done with the money in the next couple of years. It’s commonly reported that many of these folks who come into sudden wealth, end up broke in a very short time.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
As we look at the wealth of the world, the idea of gambling becomes enticing to say the least. Especially knowing we could use the money for so many great things for the Lord. We must know though, it’s always better to wait upon the Lord with His timing, and His plan, than to cave into the vices of sin, and of man. As the second part of the verse says, “he that gathereth by labour shall increase.” Let’s just do things God’s way, shall we?
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
2 Chronicles 29 – 32 / Proverbs 13:10-12
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1 Kings 22 / John 9:1-23
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