Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
In an article I read some time ago they wrote about a man who had won a large amount of money from the lottery. His quoted comments in this article if they were 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 commented, “Oh how I wish it was our church.” Now I know they meant that in an innocent and loving way. Yet we must consider how this money was obtained. Did he not get all this money by gambling? Did not thousands upon thousands of people who really needed their money have to lose for him to become rich? People, who in many cases bet their rent money or let their children go hungry because of their addiction to gambling. Do you think for one-minute God really had anything to do with that? I am speaking of the one true real God who said in Proverbs 13:11 “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished.” Vanity means emptiness, or “like a breath,” nothing there. The man who won the lottery got his money from doing nothing to earn it. It would be interesting to see what he did with that money over the upcoming years. Studies have shown that most lottery winners find themselves right back where they began in a few years, as they have squandered or lost all they won.
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. However, it would be better to wait upon the Lord, His timing, and His plan, than to cave into the vices of sin and of man. We instead should be more like the second part of today’s verse which says, “but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.” Let’s just get ours honestly, shall we?
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