Many years ago, I was about to embark upon a short business trip. After exchanging the usual pleasantries, my friend, a young pastor, bid me farewell and his parting words to me were, “Good luck!”
“Thanks!” I replied, but I left with some confusion. Was this a simple colloquialism or is luck something that a Christian should believe in? Should I be praying to God to intervene in my life and change my luck? The world informs us that luck and good fortune can be shifted and bent in one’s favor through one’s actions.
“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
“I make my own luck.”
Cal Hockley in “The Titanic”
“Luck favors the prepared mind.”
If we are to believe these quotations, luck is not a random process and I can take control of my own fate. Is there any example in the Bible of someone who thought they were clever or smart enough to make their own luck?
At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
Daniel 4:34-35 (ESV)
When King Nebuchadnezzar spoke these words, he was the most powerful ruler in the known world. He even considered himself a god and commanded that others worship him. Yet, the one true God, destroyed his arrogance and pride by driving him crazy and forcing him to live the life of an outcast with the beasts in the fields, eating grass like a common ox. It was only after Nebuchadnezzar humbled himself and acknowledged God as sovereign and omnipotent was his sanity restored and he was allowed to return as ruler of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar was so sure that he made his own luck, the master of his own destiny, but God intervened and taught him a painful lesson.
We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.
Proverbs 16:33 (NLT)
Luck is random and implies a universe that has no purpose or meaning. God is the Author of all Creation and in Him, there is no luck, only divine providence directing the events of the world to bring all to a knowledge of salvation and eternal life by confessing and repenting of one’s sins and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.