God or chance?

Depiction of early Christian worship in the Catacomb of Callixtus

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6.7.

As he was passing the cash desk of a supermarket, a believer who was none too well off was offered a “winning ticket” in a draw. He looked at the cashier and answered quietly, “No thank you. The Lord Jesus gives me all I need.” The cashier appeared surprised by such an unusual answer. After exchanging a few remarks with her, the man handed her a gospel.

Those who know God as their Father are well aware that “all things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28). They put their confidence in the One who knows their needs and do not count on “chance” in order to win something. Are we tempted by easy gains? A Christian who places the circumstances of his life into the Lord’s hands cannot indulge in speculative gains.

We may at some time find ourselves in poverty. Let us then speak to our Father in heaven and not resort to card games, dice, roulette, or other games of chance in order to meet our needs. God is sovereign, faithful, and wise: He will guide all who confide their lives to Him, because He is the God of love. Jesus reminds us that “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:7).

Image: By anonimus – [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5165100