February 9- Proverbs 16:33 Random Chance?



The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is the Lord’s alone. Proverbs 16:33 (NRSV)

I am not fond of gambling.  I can’t say that I’ve ever been a “lucky” person that way, (I generally lose when I play games of chance,) and I’ve always believed most forms of gambling to be ways of easily parting money from fools.  Casting lots is a form of gambling in that it relies on the “random chance” of choosing an object out of a bucket or of drawing straws to determine who wins or what decision should be made.  It’s very similar to what today’s gamblers do when they roll the dice.

Even though I am not a big fan of the “random chance” variable that exists when spinning a wheel or choosing a straw, the truth is that there is no such thing as true random chance.

One might roll the dice, but God’s in control of where they land- and so He must be if He is truly an omniscient and omnipresent God.

This morning I was thinking about all the tens of millions of combinations of DNA that have to come together when a child- or even a “lower” creature such as a dog or a cat is conceived.  

Even with the same parents each offspring can be vastly different- but God decides which DNA combinations to put together.

Even when we think we are gambling, God has every detail and every outcome in His hand.

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