Thank God you haven’t won the lottery. Thank Him when don’t win it the next time you play. With the lottery sitting at approximately 1.3 Billion (it just felt like that much money should be capitalized) dollars, that might sound like an odd thing to say. Especially when so many people are praying to win the lottery, and would thank Him if their numbers were called.
The question of the day of course is, “What would you do with the money if you won?” Buy an island somewhere warm (this would top my list), put the money away for retirement, give some to the church, or to your kids, or to some other charity you care deeply about. One Fox News reporter made the trip to a store where people were waiting in line to purchase their tickets, and she stopped to talk with one man. She asked him, “If you won all the money what would you do with it?” “Bunch of hookers and cocaine,” was his reply. “Oh OK, that’s not good,” replied the reporter nervously laughing before she turned to the camera and said, “We were hoping for a different answer.”
I wonder what sort of answer she was looking for. I give the guy points for honesty anyway. But his response, does reveal why you should thank God that you don’t win the lottery. Contrary to popular belief it isn’t lack of money that is holding you back from being satisfied with your life. It’s you. Your sin. Your desire for anything and everything but the one thing that will satisfy your insatiable appetite. Jesus.
Proverbs 30:8-9 says this,
“Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”
It was not an accident that when Jesus was teaching his disciples to pray he instructed them to pray for their daily bread. They were to thank God for providing for their physical needs each day. Nothing more, nothing less. More than that and we begin to worry about tomorrow. Will we have enough stocked away for retirement, and college, and in case of emergencies, and for another car, and…the list goes on and on. Less than that and we run the risk of resorting to theft to cover our daily needs.
So, as the numbers are read and you realize you’ve lost once again (and odds are you will); thank God that you haven’t won. And thank God for providing for your needs that day. And thank Him each day for continuing to provide your daily bread. And finally, thank Him that in Jesus he has provided for your greatest need, a restored relationship with Him and the promise of eternal life. Those are gifts that no amount of money will ever be able to purchase.