No Such Luck

May 3, 2021

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Genesis 1:2-3

 “Find a penny, pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck.” I don’t like the word “luck” for one simple reason. If there is a God there can be no such thing as luck.

Genesis 1 not only tells us that God created this world, but that God also controls this world. In the beginning, there was no life and no light. No animals and no plants. No humans. Not even a sound. All was dark and silent. But everything changed in three words. “And God said…”

That phrase is used nine times in Genesis chapter one. Every time God speaks, sun begins to shine, stars begin to twinkle, the moon begins to glow, rivers begin to flow, and plants begin to grow. Animals and humanity begin to live at the sound of His voice. Nothing happens unless God says so. He is in complete control.

If Genesis 1 is true, not only is there a God, but this God is sovereign. If you believe in a sovereign Lord you cannot believe in arbitrary luck. Why? Because the sovereignty of God means that He is in complete control. There is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority. As King of kings and Lord of lords, God has no limitations.

Consider just a few of the truths the Bible contains about God: God is above all things and before all things (Revelation 21:6). God created all things and holds all things together, both in heaven and on earth, both visible and invisible (Colossians 1:16). God knows all things past, present and future (Romans 11:33). God can do all things and accomplish all things (Jeremiah 32:17). God has power and authority over nature, earthly kings, history, angels, and demons (Psalm 103:19. This is just a glimpse of what sovereign means. It means being the ultimate source of all power, authority, and everything that exists. Only God can make those claims; therefore, it is God’s sovereignty that makes Him alone worthy of our worship.

This is good news, because it means our lives are not in the hands of fate, or good luck. God is in control of everything and that tells me that there is a plan behind everything and a purpose to every life. Do you believe this today?

Dear Lord, how grateful I am that there is no such thing as luck, but that you are in control of everything. Help me to trust in your plan and your timing, knowing that there is purpose behind everything you do and everything you allow. In Jesus' name, amen. 

Topics: God's Will

Bible Reference

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
‘Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.
The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.