Almost everyday I hear someone say, “good luck”. However, I am not convinced that “luck” is anything more than a placeholder when offering words of encouragement to someone. A good friend once told me his take on the word, and it made sense. He pointed out that God isn’t one to just let things play out; he has a carefully crafted plan. Why would he leave our lives to chance or luck? The more I thought about what he said and the deeper I dig into God’s word, I’m convinced that luck isn’t real.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Before breathing life into me, God mapped out my life. He has preplanned everything that is going to happen, so how can something happen by luck or chance? If I win the lottery, that was God’s plan, not luck. It is by God’s love that good things happen to us.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
I try to avoid saying things like, “good luck”, not because I think something bad will happen to me for using it, but to keep myself aware of the fact that nothing happens without God already setting it into motion. Through God alone our lives unfold, and we need to give him back the credit.
I constantly hear people questioning God. “Why would God let this happen?”. When things go bad, we are quick to “blame God”, but when good things happen, we want to say it’s luck. If you think he allows the bad, why would he not be in control of the good? You can’t have it both ways. If he controls one, he controls both. God’s plan is always greater than our own, and we have to remember that, when times get hard especially. I believe God allows the hard times so we remember to lean on him. Don’t forget that our God is a loving, omniscient God. He knows what is best for us and has a plan far better than our own. Our God loves us. It wasn’t by luck that he created us.