“Good luck!” “You’re so lucky.” “I’m having a lucky streak.”
We hear these things every day, but how true are they? Interestingly enough, the word is not found anywhere in the Bible.
Here it is in Webster’s dictionary:
Luck: 1 a: a force that brings good fortune or adversity b: the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual 2: favoring chance
As you can read, it is based completely on chance. The definition of chance is:
Chance: something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause b: the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings.
Did you see that? “The assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings.” In other words, there is no one that determines or has purpose for things that happen.
To believe in luck is to say that there is no God. It is to believe that this life is a series of random happenings void of a Creator.
Here’s another one that I hear quite often these days. When someone deserving faces trials and struggles or good fortune. “It’s karma“
Karma: 1 often capitalized : the force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence.
That says it all! God’s Word says: Gal 6:7-8 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. NIV
If we believe in the God of the Bible, than we know that there is no such thing as luck or karma.
I think it’s important for us to think about the meaning of these words, certainly not to police everyone around us, but to be aware of the depth of things that we might casually say.
Please don’t use this information to become the obnoxious Christian in your workplace correcting everyone else’s speech, most people have no idea what these things mean.
Instead, walk in wisdom and love as we all grow up in the Lord. And pray for opportunities to share the truth of God’s Word everyday.
Eph 4:14-16 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. NIV