“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”
Athletes participate in sporting events and play to win, while spectators watch the play and speculate about who will win. Some spectators place bets on the outcome. The athlete hopes to achieve a reward by winning while the gambler hopes to achieve a reward by picking the winner.
Both winning the race and winning the bet on the race are accompanied by an emotional and chemical high that can be as addictive as any drug-induced high. Likewise, winning can create a compulsion to place bet after bet … perhaps initially lining the pockets, but then ultimately emptying them.
Additionally, whether beating the competitor or beating the odds, the urge to win can take precedence over every relationship, every responsibility, and every resolve of the will. Some are greedy for money, others for fame, and still others...
God desires to give you hope as you face life challenges, problems and difficult trials. The good news for us, God specializes in redemption and transformation. He takes that which was lost and restores it. He takes that which was dead and gives it life. He takes that which had no hope and rewrites its story. This is our God! As you pray today, ask God boldly to transform the thing inside you that you want to see changed forever!
Disinterest in usual activities
Extreme emotional ups and downs
Frequent requests for money
Neglect of loved ones
Secret activity with bills and bank statements
Stealing or other criminal activities
Unexplainable times of generosity
Withdrawal emotionally and socially
Worry, anxiety, depression, and shame
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance.”
1 Timothy 6:6–11
1 Corinthians 15:33