I was brought up in a family were we, besides working hard and going to church on Sundays, loved to read, listen to the radio and play games like shuffle board, marbles, scrabble, domino etc. However, playing bridge or any other similar card game was out of the question.
My mother hated these card games. In her youth she had seen a lot of trouble with gambling and drinking because of that. And it seemed that people always swore while playing these games. Many considered the cards a picture book of the devil and the basis for fortune telling and/or divination.
Did you know that one of the most notorious gambling cities in the USA - Las Vegas - was 100 years ago only a small city of 30 people?
I didn’t have problem playing cards, and knew that other religious families played the game.
After finishing high school, at the age of seventeen I got a job as assistant-accountant. On my first assignment, I worked in a team of four. They wanted to play bridge during lunch break and asked me to join them.
I wanted to learn to play bridge and as we didn’t play for money, why not?
I was a born again believer and somehow in the back of my mind my mother’s warnings made me feel uneasy with it.
Some time later I decided to ask the LORD about it and said: “LORD, if you want me to stop playing cards, please show me.”
What happened? Very soon afterwards, two of my colleagues started quarreling during the game. One of them said to the other: “I never will play with you again!”
Wow! I could not believe what I saw and heard.
About a week later, two of my neighborhood friends wanted to play cards. Their father, who wasn’t a believer or even religious, said: “You are not going to play cards! You always quarrel.”
Did I have my answer!
Only then I shared it with my mother, who of course was pleased that the LORD had spoken to me about it.
Isn’t it wonderful that the Lord wants to bridge the gaps in our lives if we are obedient to listen to Him and are willing to go the way He shows us?
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