1st December 2016

‘Good Luck’!

What will I, the Lord, do if any of you reject me and my holy mountain? What will happen to you for offering food and wine to the gods you call ‘Good Luck’ & ‘Fate’?”
Isaiah 65:11 (CEV)

There he was in the street, a lone preacher with his placard “Repent—The End is Nigh”. He preached his sermon to anyone who would listen. But no-one stopped to listen. I was sorry for him, so I stopped a short while and wished him a good day and good luck finding more people who were interested. This is when he calmly remarked, “Good Luck!—that’s the Devil’s word!”

Now, I learned something that day. Until then I had never really considered the difference between luck, chance, coincidence, destiny, fate. We all have good and bad things happen to us. Is this just luck, being at the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time, or is it providence, a deliberate Act of God on our behalf?

We all know what Fate is—our certain future, known only to God.

Coincidences are a little harder to understand. At times these are just Time and Chance events occurring. Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NIV) tells us that these events happen to us all. At times, though, I am convinced God Himself has provided more than a chance coincidence for me. Ephesians 1:11 tells us that “we were…predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.” So, we can see that in the context of choosing us (verse 4) to follow Him, not everything has happened by chance. We know that the creation of human beings and the world we live in is by God. But it is Satan that promotes the idea that there is no God and that everything just happens by chance alone.

So what is Luck? There seems to be two kinds of ‘Luck’: 1) Just being on one side or another of a mathematical probability. We should, therefore, check the odds before being greedy and, for example, betting—since the odds of winning the lottery are extremely remote. 2) The belief that there is a supernatural spiritual element that controls good luck or ill fortune. Never forget that God is over all (Romans 9:5). Bad luck on Friday 13th, bad events happening in threes, or wearing a ‘lucky’ charm should not guide or restrict our lives.

What does God tell us to do when we need help (‘good luck’) to overcome a problem? He gives us tools to help: His Word the Bible, our acquired wisdom, prayer, and perhaps most important of all, Christians have personal help from the Holy Spirit.

So, good! No need to cross my fingers any more!

Prayer
Thank you so much, Dear Lord, that you are always there to help us make decisions and for your guidance and wisdom given in the Bible.
Amen

Study by Michael Dandridge

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michaeldandridgeAbout the Author:
Michael Dandridge attends the Southampton Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Southampton
Taunton’s College
Hill Lane
SOUTHAMPTON SO15 5Rl

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Noon
Email: peter_noon@wcg.org.uk

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