By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

How many cells were there in the Alcatraz federal prison?
In years, how old was Ben Franklin when he signed the U.S. Constitution?
How many countries are in Africa?
The answers may or may not be provided for you at the end of this devotional.
I haven't decided yet.
Hmmm ....
You're being given a sampling of the delightful and interesting game called "Wits and Wagers." The game is garnering a well deserved name for inciting thought and conversation with folks who sit around your table.
Evening after evening this past week we played this game with family members and chose our spouses as designated partners.
It was a blast!
The goal is to place wagers wisely on the most "probable and likely" answer suggested by each set of partners. The "gatherers" of the greatest amount of chips after 7 questions have been asked and answered are tallied up and the winners are touted as somewhat intelligent. (Smile.)
One of the chief likeability traits of this game is the broad arena of subjects touched on and the "level" playing field it seems to afford to the diverse group of people seated around the table. No one really has an advantage in this game and the obscurity of the questions being asked lends itself to answers that involve a wee bit of strategic thinking between partners.
Exact answers are rare and the "most close" answers prevail.
Hmmm ...
The game introduces, perhaps, the thought of how many of us in the church "utilize" the Bible:
We pose little questions and answers about irrelevant matters and congregate around "like minded" answers that pertain to little more than trivia questions at the end of the day ... but do nothing to satisfy the heart's true quest after God.
The personalness and power of God is exchanged for a touting of knowledge "about" God  without any activity or meaningful display of witnessing His power at work.
We sit around the table and discuss shallow opinions and mindsets instead of getting on our knees and imploring God for a depth of redemptive discoveries we have never before imagined, conceived, or realized.
We keep God seated at our little table and never "live out" and realize the power of our well touted answers ... and it all feels so meaningless and empty in the end.
I'm ashamed to announce that my presence has sat too long at such tables.
The experience of God's power has gotten lost and exchanged, too often, with a tidy verbalized swept up head knowledge void of redemptive power and personalness.
In this confession my soul experiences a "release from the caged religion" I have known and a steady solace of "empowered" relief is granted me ... called redemptive grace.
Christ's power at work within man is so much more than a table of trivia, and not until He moves us to "see more" is it possible to become more, in Him.
The precious words of Paul strike a chord:
"For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God."
1 Corinthians 2:2-5
When our hearts begin to pump with a redemptive "realized" blood coursing through them we become empowered men on our knees instead of "talking men" at the table.
Bring us to that place where Thy power is experienced, realized, and made known.
Let our "Wager" be on Thy power alone and cause man's "Wit" to be revealed and rendered powerless.
Give us eyes to see,
Knees that bend,
And lives that display Thy great power.

Trivia answers:
1) 336 cells in Alcatraz.
2) Benjamin Franklin was 81 years old when he signed the Constitution.
3) There are 54 countries in Africa.
*Wits and Wagers would make a great Christmas gift.