Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 11:1 through Proverbs 16:33
“I’m so lucky!”
“It was our lucky day!”
“You were so lucky!”
“I guess it was just luck.”
“I’ve had a string of bad luck.”
“He was just lucky.”
Luck…we hear about it all the time. We know people whose whole lives and sanity depend upon this thing called luck. The National Opinion Research Center’s 1999, “Gambling Impact and Behavior study” reported that between 15 to 20 million adults and adolescents have either problem or pathological gambling addictions, which is about 5-7 percent of the U.S. population (2000).
I think many of the remaining 93-95% believe their lives are determined by rolling the dice or the flip of a coin, just like those addicted to gambling. If they have a great day it was good luck, if they had a bad day, it was just bad luck.
In Solomon’s day many people determined God’s will in a matter by casting lots (throwing a dice-like object):
The practice of casting lots is mentioned 70 times in the Old Testament and seven times in the New Testament. In spite of the many references to casting lots in the Old Testament, nothing is known about the actual lots themselves. They could have been sticks of various lengths, flat stones like coins, or some kind of dice; but their exact nature is unknown. The closest modern practice to casting lots is likely flipping a coin. (gotquestions.org)
So to paraphrase Proverbs 13:33 in today’s verbiage—we may flip the coin but the Lord determines how it falls.
If there was ever a practice most believe is totally determined by luck it would be the tossing of the coin—YET, our God says, “I control that too!”
While God may have things in life that He simply doesn’t care about, like who wins tomorrow night’s baseball game (smile), I think those things are very rare. I really do believe the day-to-day goings on in my life are directed by God and filtered through his loving hands. If “luck” people looked at my life they would probably say I’ve had some bad luck and some good luck. Not me, luck had nothing to do with it–I’ve had a Romans 8:28 life…
And we know that God causes everything to work togetherfor the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
I’ve heard this verse mis-quoted many times. Both Christians and unbelievers say, “You know everything works together for your good.” Folks, that is not what the Bible says.
There are conditions for this verse to become a reality in your life:
- You must love God
- Be using your life for His purpose
After these conditions are met “everything” will work together for our good and God’s Glory—what a promise!
I never want to give chance or luck the glory and praise for God’s blessings and provisions, so I say, “I’m not lucky, I’m blessed!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 17:1 through Proverbs 19:29