May the Odds Ever be in Your Favor

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”(James 4:13-15)

 Our kids, at least most of them, know the movie with the famous line, “May the odds ever be in your favor”.  It’s a line quoted from the newest sensational movie “The Hunger Games” which was just released.  I don’t know how much attention you spent a week ago to the playing of the “Mega Millions”. Lines formed for waits of over an hour for a chance to win $640 million in cash money. Just in case you were wondering, the odds of winning are 1 in 176 million. With this being correct, the odds are better for you to:

–          Be crushed by a vending machine (1 in 112 million), have identical quadruplets (1 in 15 million), be struck by lightning (1 in 1 million), become president (1 in 10 million).

Despite the moral implications of playing the lottery, the odds of winning are just not in your favor. Throughout the Bible there are some things which are constant. We are reminded of our appointment with death. The Hebrew writer says “and it is appointed for men to die once, and after this the judgment” (Heb 9:27). We live in a world and time where we are always busy. We spend time making appointments, and so many times those appointments are broken. God has promised one appointment we will keep is our appointment with death.

 The Bible also reminds us of odds that will always be in our favor, and that is God can not lie (Titus 1:2) and He will always remain true to His word (John 12:48). Have you ever been lied to? I think we can all say at one time or another it has happened. The Bible promises that God can not lie, and God will always remain true to what He has said. God has promised those who are faithful unto death will receive a crown of life (Rev 2:10). God has promised that our life here will be “abundant” if we follow Him (John 10:10).

 The question is, are we mindful of those things the Bible says are constant? Our time here on earth is limited, and our decisions made here effect our eternal salvation. God expects each Christian to keep His commandments, and reminds us that by doing so we will abide in His love (John 15:10).

Ande Z

Activities:
Tuesday -7-12th grade devo at Ande Z’s
Sunday – Area Wide Devo HERE at Logan Martin – 5 pm
April 24th – high school devo at Ande Z’s
April 29th – Skate Station after the second service

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