The Gamble, by Victoria Evans

Victoria Evans works with the Children’s Ministry of Lighthouse Church.  She sings (like an angel) in the All Nations Choir and the Praise and Worship Team. It is an enormous privilege to worship and serve alongside her every week.


      Every day we walk into our journey. Whether it seems like the same old one we started the day before, or a fresh, clean, new one; it’s just something we do. Never considering the undertones to our actions or why we do them. We press on, and when trials come (and every so often they will) we have to decide which way to react. Do we unfold our natural emotions, releasing what should come inherently? Do we give ourselves permission to be enraged at the thought of someone” trying to do us wrong?” Or do we just take a second to breathe, then try to figure out the next step? The latter is much harder. The battle comes with trying to fight ourselves long enough to seek out a “correct” solution.

They say that with time self control becomes easier, but that can’t be true for all of us. Even the “nice” ones, who seem sweet, have a button. And once that button’s been pushed, and the flood is unleashed, it’s beyond hard to shut the floodgate. So now, weariness comes. You get broken, upset, and the boundaries to do whatever you desire are worn down. You start to think on “old” things. Speak to “old” people…you know the people; the ones who DON’T have your best interest at heart; the ones who loved you best, when you were at your worst. Then before you know it, your old life is luring you back…so eloquently.

Other things creep in with change; No hope, Gossip, Sex, Excessive Drinking, Smoking, Hate. All fuel to keep the old you alive and well. You’ve picked back up all the things God caused to fall to the ground when you said you were His. Your talks with him become fewer, and your light begins to fade.

Behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat”* Luke 22:31. That did not just apply to Simon Peter. Delusional, you begin to believe you are unworthy. Not fit for God or His beautiful presence, you begin to gamble. Try your odds at the old lifestyle you were so accustomed to… Only you find that you’ve lost. Twice now. Make that four times…Six. Ten. You just can’t seem to make it, until…you are broken, in every way imaginable. Then you remember why you left this path…It leads through a dark tunnel with an abrupt ending at a brick wall. You feel like you failed God, yourself, and everyone who’s ever loved you.

But wait. I dare you to open your heart, and close your eyes. Let God weave His way back in.  He’s dying to do it-No. He died to do it.

However, He will never do this without your permission- He loved you enough to give you a choice with everything… “Come back beloved….Gamble on me”. But with Him, a sure thing isn’t gambling. You can’t beat real love, REAL love, or people who believe in you…not with a full house, a jackpot or the funds that come with it. After you spend that, it’s gone. No feeling or object in the world can produce the redemption or intense affection God gives when you feel His love. It’s so warm. Overwhelming. Consuming. It’s the most beautiful passionate, colorful thing anyone could ever experience. So open your heart to it again, it’s all free. And He wants you back so desperately…

Place your bet on God…you’ll always have the winning hand.


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