Good luck and God bless. I have often heard people use expressions like this. Luck and
blessings are in opposition to each other. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS LUCK! Our lives
are not just a series of random events. It is NOT chaos! Our lives are orchestrated by God
down to the last detail; everyone’s life, saints and sinners alike. The Devil wants us to think
that our lives are subject to chance, but that is a lie!
You may be thinking, well if that’s the case, why do bad things happen to good people and
good to bad. The problem is perspective. If we look at things from man’s point of view, it
seems that way. From God’s point of view, things look very different. Someone once said God
has a microscope and telescope view of us. Think about the man who was crucified next to
Christ. He had no idea that that day would be the day of his salvation. He had a divine
appointment to meet Jesus. Perhaps he needed to be brought to his darkest hour before he
could see The Light. If we could talk to him now, what do you think he would say? “It was
lucky for me that I was crucified next to The Christ.” NO, NO! He would say it was the grace
of God that brought me to that moment; luck had nothing to do with it.
There is sin in the world, and the effects of sin contaminate everything in our lives.
Everything, from illness to earthquakes, is the result of man’s sinful nature. It is not, however,
a cause and effect. If God treated us as our sins deserve, we would all be suffering the pains of
hell right now. However, God is patient with us, giving us the opportunity to repent.
In The Lords Prayer we say:
Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored,
may your kingdom come,
may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:1013
There is a difference between God orchestrating our lives and God’s perfect will for
mankind. That is why in the Lord’s prayer we pray, thy will be done on earth as it is being
done in heaven. Note: It is being done in heaven, but it takes our prayers for it to be done on
earth. God has given us the privilege of working with Him for His Glory. Also in the Lord’s
prayer it says, give us this day our daily bread, not this year, month or week. Every day we
must trust in Him for our sustenance. Remember, God is faithful even when we are not. Even
though the Israelites rebelled and were unfaithful to Him during their wandering in the desert,
He continued to provided manna and water to them.
Some of you may be thinking, what about Romans 8:28NET: “And we know that all
things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his
purpose.” This verse illustrates my point. It means things work for our ultimate good, from
God’s point of view, not ours. His perspective is perfect and infinite; ours is not. Parents must
make decisions about the welfare of young children, even though the child often protests
loudly. We mature Christians should be able to trust God’s will for our lives, knowing He
does what is best for us and will bring glory to His name. We needn’t protest loudly. Instead:
“Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and
petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that
surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians
Also, it is important to note the latter part of Romans 8:28 says “for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose. ” If we are not among those who love God, we
have the fearful expectation of facing the judgment, where we will be punished as our sins
Going on further in Romans 8 we read: “because those whom he foreknew he also
predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn
among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; and those he
called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:29,30
NET So, God foreknew, predestined, called, justified and glorified. That
doesn’t sound like luck. That sounds like careful planning.
The book of Ephesians makes similar statements:
“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with very
spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For he chose us in Christ before the
foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love. He did
this by predestining us to adoption as his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the
pleasure of his will – to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely bestowed on
us in his dearly loved Son.” Ephesians 1:46
Again that doesn’t sound like luck, it is the product of careful planning.
Don’t feel overwhelmed by this; rather, be comforted. God loves His people and cares
about them. He always has their best interest in mind. “Trust in the Lord with all your
and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he
will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6 NET
“And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand by
casting all your cares on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6,7 NET
To sum up: There is no such thing as luck. God is in charge. Bad things happen because
there is sin in the world. In this life God does NOT treat us as severely as our sins deserve. He
is patient with us, in the hope that we will repent. For those who love God, God works toward
their ultimate good. God loves us, cares about us and wants the best for us. Those who reject
God’s love have only the fearful expectation of eternal punishments. “For if we deliberately
keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is
left for us, but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury of fire that will
consume God’s enemies.” Hebrews 10:26,27 NET
Being in the presence of God when we leave this life is unavoidable. Do you want to
receive grace from God, or wrath? It is not about luck; it is about God’s faithfulness.
NET Illustrates this beautifully.
“O Lord, you examine me and know.
You know when I sit down and when I get up;
even from far away you understand my motives.
You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest;
you are aware of everything I do.
Certainly my tongue does not frame a word
without you, O Lord, being thoroughly aware of it.
You squeeze me in from behind and in front;
you place your hand on me.
Your knowledge is beyond my comprehension;
it is so far beyond me, I am unable to fathom it.
Where can I go to escape your spirit?
Where can I flee to escape your presence?
If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there.
If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be.
If I were to fly away on the wings of the dawn,
and settle down on the other side of the sea,
even there your hand would guide me,
your right hand would grab hold of me.”
To The Glory Of God