I believe in the LORD. I do not believe in luck. For the last several years of my walk with the LORD, I have notice that people have a growing affinity for the false gods of fortune. Why is this? Maybe it’s because we wrongheadedly think that the God of Scripture takes too long, providentially. His providence is glorious, for certain. However, misguided desires taint the pure water of God’s goodness. It is God who gives us “our daily bread,”but like the rabble who forgot where Yahweh had brought them from, we plead for the meat of Egypt.
As they longed for other so-called gods to feed them what seemed necessary, it was forgotten that God met their necessity.Such trust in this day and time is placed in gods of luck or chance. As opportunities for quick wealth increasingly grows, so does desires that turn our trust from God. As lives of ease are set before us to entice us like Asaph, so that our feet are almost caused to slip, we must lace up the cleats of God’s promises and hold our ground. I want to give three reason why we need to trust God over the idol of luck.
1. It is God who has been good to us. Is it not remarkable that God has been good to unworthy sinners? Our sense of entitlement to a “good life,” filled with riches untold comes from a contrived and concocted moral goodness. In other words, we believe we deserve that which we do not. Jesus stated, “No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18). The exclusivity of this statement extends to every human being. Well, if we are not “good” what are we? When it comes to God, Paul declares that mankind is imperceptible, non seeking, evasive, wrong-doing, foul-mouthed, and fearless (Romans 3:10-18). Yet, God has been good to us – all of us. The rain falls on the “righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45).When Jacob thought Esau was coming to do him harm he appealed to God’s goodness saying I am“unworthy of all the loving kindness and of all the faithfulness” which Yahweh had shown to him (Genesis 32:10). There was a remembrance, not of luck, chance, or fortune, but of God’s goodness.
2. We are to avoid robbing God of His glory. Many people spend years saving in order to retire in the latter years of their life. Imagine making wise financial decisions for decades. Picture a husband and wife making wise investments and after much time finding out the stockbroker was embezzling the earnings they had worked so hard for. In the same way, God brought this world into existence. He made all things for His glory and for the glory of His Son (Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:15-20). He is sovereign in providing for all that He has made, but we like the bogus broker waste the worship He deserves on an absence. Chance is a “no thing.” How odd that mankind goes out of their way to ensure they rob God of His glory. In my current city of Los Angeles, “the universe” gets glory by some patrons for the benevolence which God performs. This is tantamount to bearing arms in attempts to strong-arm the LORD of heaven and earth. The proper response is worship because God is worthy.
3. Only God can give true existence. God has no beginning or end. He is eternal. On the contrary, all attainment is temporal and is already wearing out like a garment. Chance is deficient of sustaining power. If it exist it is not potent enough to sustain what it imparts it is not worthy of the benevolent attribute. In actuality, assuming it did exist, it could only be malevolent. Notice first that luck takes. It takes from those who trust in it. It takes financially, it takes emotionally, and it takes from family life to say the least. From the most basic starting point more must be put into this entity than what is received from it. Witness, the multitude of victims and the few beneficiaries, but even they suffer casualties in almost all cases. In Matthew 6, Jesus informs His listeners that God is true caring giver and that He knows our needs. If God exist (and He does) we need not appeal to any other for our welfare.
Ultimately, God is the giver of life-the kind of life which is both eternal and qualitatively good.. Jesus Christ said He is the Life (John 14:6). The only way to escape death is to receive this kind of existence. You may attain many possessions, but die today and you will leave them all. Die today and nothing else will matter except what you did with the Father’s only begotten Son. If you have Jesus you have everything. If you do not have Jesus you have absolutely nothing. The command is simple. Be rich toward God. Luck, if it does anything, it disappoints, but the LORD will never disappoint. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” Recount His faithfulness towards you. Give Him the glory. Truly exist.