By the grace of Jesus Christ, we are saved and we become the children of God. Now we have the promise of God that he will provide for all our needs. Thinking too much about our life and future actually makes us rely upon our own abilities.
But we are to depend on God in every situation that we come across in our lives. We should acknowledge that we are his children and he knows our needs. If we start to think about our future we can do nothing. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says the Lord knows what we need and he will give us as we are his people. We should not have to worry about food, shelter, and cloth.
God is able to supply our needs so we are not to run after wealth and money. These are the things that make us greedy and ultimately separate us from God. Playing lottery tickets or buying such lottery tickets actually comes to our mind when we desire to be rich without doing any hard work.
As it comes without spending much skill. That is why people buy lottery tickets. But we the children of the Lord must abstain from such a lottery as it does not glorify God and it leads us to a risky life where most of the time we spend all our balance to get the prize and we give up and some even commit suicide too.
We will examine some bible verses that encourage us to work hard and wait for God’s time to come into our lives.
Desire To Be Rich leads To Destruction
In the parable of the sower, Jesus says those who seek after the riches of this world will lose their soul and they will end up their faith very soon. They will bring no fruit for the kingdom of God. So he warns us not to be such a foolish who runs after the wealth of this world which has no importance in the kingdom of God.
Mark 4:19 “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”
Mark 10:25 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Running After Wealth Makes Us Foolish
This present world is not our permanent dwelling place. We have an eternal home which is in heaven and we are here to prepare ourselves to enter that home. If we keep our eyes upon wealth and money then we will fail to know God and the plan that he has for us.
It is our primary duty to set our goals on God’s plan of salvation. So running after money by buying lottery tickets does not help us, rather it makes us disobey God’s plan of blessings. In the Old Testament, we see that the Lord blessed his people whom he called for his work.
Now we have the same God who is able to deliver us from the problems that we confront in our lives.
Proverbs 23:5 “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”
Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”
Luke 12:15 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
Instead Of Buying Lottery Tickets, We Must Work Hard
Playing the lottery will not help us permanently to solve our problems. We may see some are winning the lottery and gaining a lot of money but if we read the lives of those who won then we will find the miserable situation of their lives afterwards.
The Lord always teaches us to work hard and to earn honestly. If the lottery is good for us then we can surely get support from the scripture. But it does not tell us to do so. Moreover, we find that the word of God teaches us not to follow the tradition of this world where people are trying to become rich by doing no work. It is not God’s intention for us to make ourselves wealthy suddenly by making us winners of a lottery.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
Proverbs 10:4 “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
Proverbs 13:11 “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”
Ephesians 4:28 “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”
Let Us Abstain From All The Works That Do Not Glorify God
God’s plan is to bless us with our works. If we give up his will and seek after the evil things of this world which came into this world by Satan then we will definitely experience bitterness in our lives.
We are not to love money as it causes evil in us. So we are to handle it with heavenly wisdom where we are told to be free from the works of the flesh which leads us to commit sin.
If we notice the lives of Paul and all the disciples of Jesus then we will find that they worked hard but they did not involve themselves in playing the lottery. Their works and lives are to be followed by us in order to get the full worth of our lives
1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
Colossians 3:5 “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry”
1 John 2:15-17 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”