A friend told me she knows someone so lucky that other people ask him to touch their lottery tickets before they scratch them off. Do you know someone like this? She always gets the high cards. He rolls the most Yahtzees. She wins as often as she loses in the airport casino and frequently comes out ahead. He picks the winners more often than not. Someone you know has what is sometimes called the Midas Touch.
I’ve never been that person. I have invariably noticed among my acquaintances that those who have this gift are also exceptionally hard workers. Probably those two characteristics have nothing in common. It’s just my observation. Also, for the most part they are impervious to get-rich-quick schemes. They play for fun and never gamble with what they need. Again, that’s just folks I know. There are others who do very well with schemes and are often even well-intentioned. They can’t imagine their system not working for everyone else even when evidence patently shows the system not working for the majority of people.
A get-rich-quick scheme is developed to entrap the weak and especially the poor. After all, what does a wealthy man need with a get-rich-quick scheme?….We cannot get caught up in our own desires and fail to yield control to God’s wisdom. (Larry Burkett, The Word on Finances)
There are at least sixteen verses in the Bible dealing with schemes, and they are pretty clear about what is best for followers. Here are a few that speak for themselves and speak to me with enough conviction to direct my actions. Maybe some of them will speak to you as well.
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7 NASB)
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel (Proverbs 12:15).
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished (Proverbs 28:20).
It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it (Proverbs 10:22).
A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth, and does not know that want will come upon him (Proverbs 28:22)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).