by Harriett V. Bennett
“Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.”
Proverbs 28:11 (NLT)
I am sure that most of us have either played or have seen people play Blackjack, commonly called ‘21.’ Whether spectator or player, it can be an intense experience. For the handful of readers who have no knowledge of the game — very simply, it’s all about the numbers and who’s got the better strategy or bluff, or luck in this game of chance. There is a person, the dealer, who has in his possession the standard card deck of fifty-two playing cards (could be more than one deck depending on where you play), and then there are the players being dealt the cards. The objective is for players to get a hand total of 21 or closer, than the dealer, without going over 21. Under or right at 21, you could win; over 21, you’re busted.
At the start of the Blackjack game, the players, and the dealer get two cards each. The players’ cards are normally dealt face up, while the dealer has one face down (called the hole card), and one face up. The strategy comes in where the player decides if it’s in their best interest to get more cards from the dealer or hold with what they have anticipating that the dealer’s unexposed card will not trump or beat their hand. If both player and dealer have 21, both win. If they’re both over, they both lose. If the dealer comes in under 21, but is higher than the player’s total, not hard to figure out who loses — the player.
There is no ‘magic’ in the number 21. But, just like a player takes a chance on determining what the Blackjack dealer’s unexposed card might be, I believe that over the past month or so, Christians have been trusting more in the promises of the Divine Number One . . . an omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient God, and through simply speaking. “You said ‑,” back to Him, were able to discern who is the true authority. If we take Proverbs 28:11 and connect parts of verse 12 [“When the godly succeed, everyone is glad”], and skip to verse 18 [“The blameless will be rescued from harm”] and verse 20 [“The trustworthy person will get a rich reward”], we may see in it the triumph of order after a period of confusion.
Over the next three weeks, it may seem like many in our great nation are being held captive by those who have legislative authority. Some of us may still stretch dollars almost beyond recognition. Some may wonder whether they will exhale on Day 22. I encourage you to stay on the Jeremiah 29:11 path so that your discerning spirit can see right through “that unexposed card”. You’ve already won! Trust and believe that the Only One — God — trumps them all.