The Gamblers

 •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 6
A SUDDEN thunderstorm sent a flash flood rushing through the streets and into the buildings and gambling casinos of Las Vegas, Nevada. As the Colorado River rose, downtown streets were closed off and buildings sandbagged, but in the casinos it was "business as usual" to the patrons determined to carry on.
The manager of one place said, "Water was dripping on the slot machines and stools but the people kept pulling the handles. We finally had to ask them to move. It didn't seem to bother them at all. You hear stories like this. It's hard to believe until you see it. They are oblivious! They couldn't care less!"
Oblivious—not caring—while the thunderstorms raged and the flood waters swirled higher. It was a perfect picture of many, many people in the world today. We are living in a time of wars and rumors of wars, a time when nations are being swept by storms of revolution and change, a time when the greatest storm of all—the storm of God's judgment on the world—could break over a careless world at any time, but still men and women go on, oblivious to all the warnings.
They are gambling, not dollars and cents, but their lives and their souls—their everlasting souls. Intent only on the object before them, they are risking their eternal future for a temporary gain now. They don't care that the Lord Jesus said, What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
They willingly run that risk every day, gambling that tomorrow will find them still alive and with one more chance to be saved. But the end will come. Sooner or later, the end of physical life will come, the game will be ended and the gamble lost. What will be left? Only bitter, bitter regret and everlasting sorrow.
O, don't take any more chances! Stop gambling with your soul. Believe now. Receive Christ Jesus now. Tomorrow may be too late.
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Cor. 6:2.)