What Does the Bible Say About Luck?
If you have ever wondered about the meaning of luck, you are not alone. Millions of people worldwide ask themselves this question. They want to know whether God is responsible for good or bad luck. And the Bible – the King James Version – may offer answers. Fortunately, for Christians, the Bible’s interpretation is straightforward.
God is sovereign over all
The concept that God is sovereign over all luck is often viewed as cartoonish. The left and right both imagine a God who rules over everything. In the hard right’s view, God is an autocrat, and the left sees God as a King. In both cases, this limited view of God leads to dead ends. Whether God controls everything or not is an illusion.
In the Bible, God is sovereign over all events, including the outcomes of dice rolls and other events. He can choose what is good or evil. He can make people lucky or unlucky. He can also choose the things that happen to them in their lives. The truth lies in our understanding of God, sovereignty, and the temporal realm. Though God is sovereign over all things, his sovereignty does not mean that he micro-manages our every move.
In the beginning, God created the universe out of nothing. He created matter, energy, and space, and He created time. Even demons and angels are under God’s authority. They must seek permission from God before they can do anything. This is one of the many ways that God is sovereign over all of life.
When things go wrong, we need to remember that God is the sovereign ruler over our lives. He is the one who allows us to experience bad luck. Therefore, his will is what we should focus on, not our actions. That way, we can find the strength and hope we need to overcome any crisis. And if God is the sovereign ruler over all of our life, there is no reason why we shouldn’t put our trust in Him.
While the Bible states that God is sovereign, it isn’t enough to conclude that God is the sovereign ruler. The Bible clarifies that God’s will does not always come to fruition. Our choices, however, have a huge impact on the rest of our lives.
Suppose we truly believe in a sovereign God. In that case, we can’t accept that arbitrary luck results from a random, uncontrollable force. The Bible states that God is sovereign, including our luck. Therefore, there is no way to be lucky without God.
What’s wrong with luck?
You ponder, “What’s wrong with luck? There may be worse four-letter terms on which you could write a blog article to persuade readers to abstain. I don’t believe so, no. Everyone above five knows the other four-letter terms to stay away from. Luck belongs to a unique category. It is not an insulting term by definition. But there are valid arguments against using it.
Have you ever considered that the word “luck” is not used in the Bible? Let’s look at what, in my opinion, are the three main reasons the Bible doesn’t mention luck.
The terms “God” and “luck” are never used in the same sentence. People often comment, “He’s so lucky!” when something unexpectedly nice occurs to them. Do they imply that God is to blame for the luck? In no way. They would say, “God was nice to him!” if they truly meant it. The phrase “God made you lucky” is uncommon. God and good fortune don’t mix. “The things that happen to a person because of chance: the unintentional way things happen without being planned, good fortune,” according to the dictionary, defines luck. Chance is what? It’s an occurrence that didn’t happen on purpose or by chance. Consider this. If there is a force known as the chance that is not under the control of God and that brings about events, then change must be a deity.
When you say “Good luck,” what do you mean? Why are you doing this? Are you expressing the hope that unforeseen circumstances beyond anyone’s, including God’s, control will work in your favor? When you say, “Good luck,” you mean just that.
God is not rational or reasonable
The idea that God is not rational or reasonable regarding luck is problematic:
- It implies that he does not exist. It is not logical to say God exists when we can observe no evidence.
- We must acknowledge that the world is a complex place with many variables.
- We must accept that some variables are beyond our control.
However, we should not deny the possibility of a supernatural agent.
A Godless universe cannot produce moral knowledge. This is necessary for moral awareness, and moral knowledge cannot exist in a Godless universe. Moreover, moral truths are necessary or contingent, grounded on necessary truths. Therefore, the argument from moral knowledge appeals to theism because God is a better explanation for our moral knowledge.
God is not responsible for bad luck
You may think God is responsible for bad luck, but this is not true. Bad things happen to good people for a variety of reasons. It is not God’s fault that bad things happen, but rather the result of human error. While God is ultimately responsible for our actions, he is also responsible for various other circumstances.
We attribute bad luck to others. However, bad luck has a spirit. You can’t blame someone else for it as long as it has a spirit. In the same way, bad luck is not a legitimate state of affairs. It’s based on fear. We tend to blame other people and events instead of looking to God for our well-being.
God is not responsible for good luck
The belief that God is responsible for good luck has several ramifications. First of all, it’s untrue that God controls everything. Although he created everything, many things are “lucky.” For example, a runner might trip over someone and fall, but this is not the fault of the runner in front of him. Also, a king may have the largest army, yet a random arrow can pierce his armor in its weakest part.