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Luck and the Christian
A Song of About God's Sovereignty
Luck: A Pagan Concept
How often do Christians say: "Good Luck!" when wishing each other well in something. May I suggest that this is a phrase that is diametrically opposed to biblical Christianity. If God is completely in control of everything, then luck plays no part in life.
One dictionary tells us that luck is :
1.The force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person's life, as in shaping events or opportunities: "With my luck I'll probably be too late"
2. Good fortune; success: to have luck finding work.
3. Some object on which good fortune is supposed to depend.v. Informal.
4. Luck into or onto, to meet or acquire through accidental good fortune.
5. Luck out: To have a run of good luck.
Another dictionary tells us that luck is:
1.The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events.
2. Good fortune or prosperity; success....to gain success or something desirable by chance: “I lucked out in finding that rare book.”
Luck is a pagan concept. We are not governed by chance, or fortune. The stars don't have any control of what happens in our life. Our future can't be read through looking at tea leaves. Rather the Bible teaches plainly the sovereignty of Almighty God.
I. God's Sovereignty
God is the ruler and the one who sustains the Universe. Both Testaments are clear that it is God and not chance that controls everything, including our very lives. In Psalm 115:3, for instance, the Psalmist tells us:
"Our God is in Heaven. He does what He pleases."
Daniel says that:
"All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to Him: "What have You done?" (Daniel 4:35).
Paul, in the New Testament, chimes in and tells us that we can't tell God what to do, implying that He does what He wants. The Apostle states:
"But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"
Not only is God sovereign but this universe has a purpose which ultimately boils down to bringing glory to it's creator. Although it has been tainted with man's sin, the Psalmist King David can still proclaim that:
"The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands."
When God created everything he declared it "very good" (Genesis 1:31). All things were perfect and brought Him glory. However, man's sin tainted all of that. Mankind is in rebellion and many don't seek to bring Him glory. Though, even the evil which men intend, God ultimately uses for good. In a delicate balance of sovereignty and the free will of the creature that He has created, He causes all things to work together for good for those He loves and has called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
We can see this in the story of Joseph. His brothers sold him into slavery because they were jealous that their father seemed to favor him above the rest of them. However, eventually, in His own timing, God raised Joseph up to be the second in command of Egypt to save many people from famine, including God's chosen people.
Joseph summed it all up after the death of his father, when his brothers were worried what he would do to them. He said:
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives" (Genesis 50:20).
What does God's purpose mean for the Christian? God has chosen the believer from before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. (Ephesians 1:4). We have been adopted into the family of God and are heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17).
In Ephesians 1 Paul says this:
In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:11-14).
And not only that but, God tells us in Philippians 1:6 that:
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
We don't have to worry that God will one day give up on us and not do what He has promised. He will complete the task of conforming us to the image of His perfect Son, Jesus Christ. We are and will be a trophy of His grace. We are his masterpiece to bring Him glory.
And nothing will ever separate us from God's love (Romans 8:38,39). God's purpose for us is certain and we are secure in Him.
So there is no luck or blind fate taking place in the believer's life, or in any life for that matter. One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10). It is a fact. The whole universe and it's inhabitants are headed in the direction that God intended for them to go.
There is no luck for the non-Christian. They are headed for the place that is the result of their choice to reject God's grace. They will spend an eternity without Him in Hell. That is a certainty which doesn't have to be if they would but accept freely God's offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, the Christian is not saved by mere chance or a roll of God's heavenly dice. The believer's salvation and pending destination are as sure as the grace and love of almighty God. Christians are just like people on a huge ship who are going where the captain is guiding it. Even though we may move about freely on the ship of faith as we are taken to the ultimate port, that freedom doesn't keep the us who believe from getting to where we are headed. The journey may seem long and the sea rough, but the captain knows what He is doing.
Let us thank God and not Lady Luck for all that happens to us in our lives. We are indeed a blessed people!