Something Better than Good Luck

Like many in the Tampa, Florida, area, my wife and I were much relieved when Hurricane Irma didn’t deliver a full punch as had been forecasted. Our house and that of our son and his family didn’t sustain any damage. We “dodged a bullet” as some put it.

After the hurricane passed, the Tampa paper published the headline, “We’re Lucky,” in big bold letters at the top of the front page. My son took his copy of the paper, struck out the word “lucky” and wrote the word “blessed” in its place. What a correction, a Biblically based correction! The word “luck” and its derivative “lucky” aren’t in the Bible.

Luck refers to chance. God created this universe, and nothing in it, absolutely nothing, happens by chance! Nothing happens without His active or passive will coming into play. Nothing catches Him by surprise, nothing is beyond His control. God is (and here’s a big theological word) sovereign; He is in total control!

What about the “bad luck” that happens? What about the evil in this world? God’s unfolding story with humans as documented from Genesis to Revelation in the Bible reveals that God never causes evil, for He is all good. Yes, He does allow evil things to happen. However, if He does, He has His good plan that can unfold in spite of the evil.

This is why it’s so important that we determine to yield to Him and His will. We don’t have to count on good luck; we can count on the good Lord!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

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