“The Lord Pays Off Better Than The Lottery”

Tuesday’s Truth is a free weekly devotional shared by Rev. Gary Mimbs

June 25, 2024

“The LORD Always Pays Off Better Than The LOTTERY”

          One Sunday morning I was walking from my office in one building to our sanctuary which is in another building. As I was walking, I noticed a piece of paper laying at the foot of the big wooden cross that we have in our church yard. Being the clean freak that I am I went over to pick it up and throw it away. When I got to the piece of paper, I noticed that it was a scratched off lottery ticket that someone had left there. (It was in a position that the wind could not have blown it there)

          I thought, well someone has come to the foot of the cross and asked God to help them win the lottery and when they scratched off the ticket and saw that He didn’t answer their prayer, they just threw the non -winning ticket at the cross in frustration”.  I picked it up and threw it away.

          How many times do people put their hope in lottery tickets only to have their hopes dashed and them winding up disappointed and frustrated? Not only did they not win, but they are out the money that it took to buy the tickets. I have even seen Christians use tithe money that belongs to God use it to buy lottery tickets.

I have church members ask them to pray for them that they would win the lottery so that they could give it to the church. My thoughts are that if you aren’t giving your 10% tithe to the church now, you probably are selfish enough to not give part of the lottery winnings. So I tell these people that I will pray for God’s will to be done.

Somebody asked me if they won the lottery would the church receive a tithe on it. I told them absolutely – The devil has had it long enough. In the Bible there was a question about a Christian eating meat that had been offered to idols. Paul advised them that an idol had no power over them and that the meat wasn’t cursed by the idol so it was okay to eat it.

In all my years as a Christian I have found that when I obey God and give my 10% and even offerings above the tithe, that God has ALWAYS been faithful to bless me. There is an old saying that I have tested and found to be true. It is “You can never out give the Lord.”  God has ALWAYS met every need that I have had over the years. I have never had to tear up a bill in frustration like people tear up losing lottery tickets. God has ALWAYS provided a way for my needs to be met.

The Bible reminds us that God loves a cheerful giver. The joy in my heart when I obey Him in this area of my life has never led me to be frustrated, disappointed, or mad – like people whom I see who don’t get a winning ticket. The next time that you are tempted to by lottery tickets take that money and invest it in the Kingdom of God. I promise you that God always pays off better than the lottery.

I challenge people to try tithing the full 10% for 3 months. If they have a need that God hasn’t met in that period of time, I will pay it out of my pocket. I have never had to pay a penny because will always honor those who obey Him. Give Him a try. 

In love with Jesus – Gary Mimbs

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