Sunday, May 22, 2022

Daily Devotion: Challenge of Gambling

Bible Reading:  Judges 14:10-20

Key Verse: Verse 12 & 13- And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:” (vs. 12) “But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.” (vs. 13)

Key Words: thirty sheets and thirty change of   garments

Samson not only had a roving eye for women, he also loved to gamble.  This not only cost him financially but cost him his wife as well.  In the end, gambling doesn’t pay, it costs and its price is high.

The headlines from the Mobile Press Register, February 24, 2020, read as follows: “Strip clubs, liquor, online gambling, undeserved scholarships: MPS audit shows admins misused $700K.” 

The headline is in reference to an audit of the Montgomery, Alabama, public school system.  The article reads in part:  “More than $700,000 was misused with multiple administrators accused of stealing thousands for personal gain, the most recent audit of the Montgomery school district shows.  Money was spent at strip clubs, casinos, liquor stores, for nonexistent vendors and on scholarships for an administrator’s children when they did not qualify for the funding, according to the audit, which ran from October 2017 through September 2018.  In total, the audit documented $703,197.66 missing, allegedly taken by six Montgomery Public School employees.  Of those six, only two attended their meetings with the Chief Examiner to dispute the audit’s findings.”

States do not need a lottery or gambling to help meet the educational needs of our children.  What they need is honesty and integrity.  The problem with our public education is not a lack of money, but a lack of Godliness.  When you take God out, you invite sin in.

Those who stole over $700,000 from the Montgomery school district reveals what the problem with the public education system is, “a love of money” which a lottery will not correct but will add to the corruption.

What to do:
✞ Don’t gamble!  If you do, you’ve thrown away your righteousness!

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