A Sure Bet
Monday, March 12, 2018
The wicked earns deceptive wages,
but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
In the skeptical 17th century, Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)—scientist, mathematician, inventor of the calculator, and Christian philosopher—put forth what today we call “Pascal’s wager.” It starts like this. Either God exists or he doesn’t, and either you believe or you don’t. (You can’t really be an agnostic, Pascal said, because eventually you die, and then, “I don’t know” becomes “no!”) So here’s the wager. If you believe, and you’re right, “you gain all.” And if you’re wrong, “you lose nothing.” But if you don’t believe, you gain nothing if you’re right. But if you’re wrong, you lose everything!
Life really is a kind of wager, isn’t it? The wicked, Solomon says, earns deceptive wages. The money or power or pleasure he thought would make him happy deceived him. He wagered, and lost. But the one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. The farmer “wagers” by plowing and planting and he “wins” a crop; the godly sow seeds of righteousness to get a harvest infinitely good.
The way of the Lord is a “sure bet,” as we say. Put all you have on Jesus Christ. Wager everything on Him. You will “gain in this life,” as Pascal said, and with “each step you take,” you will “recognize that you have wagered for something certain and infinite, for which you have given nothing.”
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s day. May we be able to say with the Psalmist: The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. Psalm 18:24
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