Chasing a Fantasy
Gambling is stupid. There. I said it.
While moms everywhere chastise their children for using that expression, God’s Word says as much about putting your resources at risk in this way. Proverbs 12:11 warns, “A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.”
Proverbs, a book of wisdom, portrays a wise man in this verse as a man who works diligently at his job to earn real wages. Contrast that to the person “who has no sense,” who squanders his time and money on fanciful schemes to get rich quick, if at all.
In the end, gambling is about the chasing of fantasies. Why would a man with a stable job providing for his family hinge his entire paycheck on the turn of a card, so easily willing to plunge his wife and children into financial ruin? Because he dreams about the things he doesn’t have: a better car, a bigger house, or a boat perhaps. And why would a person without a job and in dire financial straits put at risk what he does not have in betting on “Lady Luck” to smile upon him? He places his hope in the wrong place.
They are not content with what they have or what they might be blessed with in the future, and in gambling they sees an easy way to get more. But instead, they will likely lose everything–including their reputation, their property, and their family.
Christians should take seriously the promise in 1 Timothy 6:6 that “godliness with contentment is great gain” and not chase down deceitful slot-machine dreams or scratch-off promises of quick wealth and fame. Christ is the only thing His followers truly need. He is our Provider and our Sustainer.
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