An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wanna Bet?

(Proverbs 16:33 KJV)  The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

When I read about casting lots I think about gambling.  The “lot” (1486) was “cast” (2904) in both the Old Testament and the New.  I was recently doing some study in the book of Acts.  In the first chapter Peter leads the early church to choose a replacement for Judas.  He uses lots to make the choice. 
(Acts 1:26 KJV)  And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Peter being Peter, it is possible that he was being impetuous and not obedient.  Somewhere in my past I heard it suggested that God was preparing Paul for this position and Peter should have waited. 

Why are so many uncomfortable with gambling?  Like many “vices” it can be harmless or destructive.  This verse seems to imply that lots can be used to determine the will of God.  Perhaps this is another example of taking an action that should be reserved for special occasions as in finding the will of God, and using it for more mundane entertainment such as drawing to an inside straight. 

So?  Think about it next time you place your bet, buy your lottery ticket or make your bid.  Are you just having innocent fun or are you misusing a divine prerogative?


Gorges Smythe said...

Scripture is so plain about most vices, yet says nothing about this one. I always took that to mean that, AS A GAME, there was no problem. The problem comes when you try to make it your occupation rather than for the sweat of your brow to earn your keep. The other negative would be if you make it your god or fail to meet your responsibilities due to it becoming a habit, and the Bible has PLENTY to say about those sort of things.

Pumice said...

I know I avoid it because I sense an addiction. You are right about addictions coming in many shapes and sizes. Idolatry, in a sense, is giving anything that kind of control over you.

Grace and peace.