I am amazed at the number of people – especially Christians – I hear saying colloquially, “Good luck!”
While I appreciate and receive the sincere good wishes of most anyone, I’m usually very careful to clarify one thing in particular: I do not believe in luck. Grace, yes, but luck? No.
To believe in luck means that I subscribe to the notion of random chance and coincidence. And I don’t.
I’m telling you that nothing in this world is coincidental; nothing happens by chance, either. To say something like “Good luck,” even if you mean well in saying it, is sort of a slap in the face to God, isn’t it?
Here we are, praying to a totally sovereign God, and we tell ourselves and our friends, “Good luck! I hope everything works out for you!” As if the outcome of our lives is really up to chance.
I’m not trying to split hairs here, but I do like to be precise. I absolutely, 100% believe in the sovereignty of the God of the Bible, so therefore I don’t adhere to the notion of luck of any kind.
Now, I can get down with the concept of grace – the notion that God withholds that which I deserve and instead looks upon me with favor, love, and approval. Grace does not happen by chance! As the Bible says, we are saved “by grace, through faith,” (Ephesians 2:8-9) and not by our own boot-strapping efforts.
So if you desire wish me well, simply say so: “I wish you well” (and I receive such sentiments with great appreciation, by the way). But whatever you do, please not wish me luck! I’d much rather have the grace of God over random chance any day. Wouldn’t you?
Dear Lord, I am so thankful that my life is built around the truth of Your sovereignty and good purposes, rather than the notion of random chance. You are a caring and loving Person, and to rate Your sovereignty with something as insubstantial as luck is an insult to You. I apologize for the times in the past when I’ve thoughtlessly used the word, and will be careful to refrain from doing so in the future.
I also ask for a special blessing on anyone reading this blog today. I ask that You will extend Your grace and favor to the individual reading these words, and that You would meet him/her in the place where he/she needs You the most. In Your name I pray, Amen.