A Game the Blessed Play


Based on Philippians 4:14-23

Philippians 4.14-23The game Wheel of Fortune first aired on the 19th of September 1983 – 31 years ago. Wheel of Fortune pits contestants against each other as they solve word puzzles for prize money and vacation trips, and a giant-spinning-carnival wheel determines it all. As one takes a spin, one’s acquisition or loss of money and prizes is left to–among other variables–chance.

Would you take a spin?

Paul makes a peculiar statement as he brings his epistle to the Philippians to a close. “Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.” (Phil. 4:14) Without a bit of context, this statement may fall flat, and lose its piercing power. Retrograding two verses, Paul writes, “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” And Paul’s secret? “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Can you see it?

Paul’s relationship with Christ was so intimate–personal–that it allowed him to abide in God’s peace and joy regardless of the condition or circumstance he found himself in. He then takes the time–in that relationship with Christ–to turn back to the blessings he received from his brothers and sisters in Philippi. Essentially what he says is, “I would’ve been fine without your help, but thank you for your help.”

To an outside observer–us–careful attention to the dynamics of this exchange between God, Paul, and his faith family in Philippi, reveals a cycle of blessings that are transmitted from God to all of the parties involved.

Need help seeing it? Verse 19 reads, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

A relationship with God is not unlike being a participant on the Wheel of Fortune. However, unlike this popular game show, we don’t spin a wheel and cross our fingers for blessings. In God’s kingdom, all participants win, all win the grand prize, and all are repaid for what they pay forward to others–all are taken care of!

Like a giant wheel, God’s blessings are always spinning in our favor, the word puzzle’s already been solved, and it reads, “’Take a spin, I’m ready.’ –God.”

Ruben Vargas

Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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