This article came to mind as I was in Las Vegas the earlier part of August. I am reminded of Christians who say, “good luck”, “cross your fingers”, “knock on wood” and then there are the superstitions such as “your palms itching” leads you to believe that a financial blessing is coming your way.
All of these wives tales and premises are faulty:
- If you believe in a God who is all knowing, all powerful, and is everywhere.
- If you believe that God has created all things.
- If you believe that God seeks those things that have already happened because He knows the end before we experience one moment of the journey.
Some are asking what do the above have to do with gambling or to with God being a God of chance? Well I have the answer. Nothing God has ever done has been based upon or done by chance. So if He’s a God of certainty can or should Christian’s walk around saying things like “good luck”? The truth to the answer is we shouldn’t. In order to truly have a sound relationship with God you must believe that He is exactly who He says He is. You must believe that all of His promises are yea and amen through Christ Jesus. If He’s not this God of certainty then we might as well as toss the bible aside, because anything that is based on uncertainty is something that simply can’t be trusted. You would have to dismiss the following promises:
- If you delight in the Lord He will give you the desires of your heart. If you commit your ways and trust Him He shall bring it to pass.
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- Eyes have not seen neither have ears heard what God has prepared for those who love Him.
- Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all your basic needs will be met.
If you are careful to do all that His word, statues, and commandments require then you shall be blessed in all that you do.
- Be anxious for nothing but through supplication and prayer with thanksgiving let your requests be made none unto God and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind through Chris t Jesus.
- If we believe in the God of scriptures then we know that God will not allow anything to happen to you that He has not ordained or allowed.
- If we believe in the God of the scriptures then we stand firmly on our reality that Greater is He that is in me than He who is in the world.
Certainly if we are to base our life on the principles in the bible and trust it as truth then surely our lives are filled with confidence. Like Paul we are fully assured that God is not a man that He should lie no the son of man that He should repent. We know that we’re reminded that our faith is based on what we can’t see yet it stands mightily on what our heart believes. For example I can’t see the wind when it blows but I can definitely see the path that it has trail blazed. So is the Spirit of God in our lives. We may not be able to see it in the natural but we can see all that has been laid out for us to see and feel in our spirit.
- Even though life has thrown you what you believe is a curve ball there’s a small quietness in you that assures you everything is going to be alright. You can’t see it but you know it’s there.
- A loved one passes and through your grief you’re assured that God doesn’t make any mistakes and that especially if saved – absent from the body at home with the Lord and you will see them again.
- You lose your job and bills are due. You are affirmed that God has promised that He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.
- Your enemies try to do you harm. You are confident that no weapon formed against you will prosper. You are equally confident that God has said, “touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.” Then on top of that you stand on this resounding promise – when a woman’s/man’s ways please God He will make them at peace with their enemies.
These are mere examples you add your own to the list. When all these above experiences are manifested they didn’t happen by chance, by the luck of the draw, or by osmosis, but they happened because God is a God of certainty.So we know that while we may play a game of chance God has nothing to do with it.
Preach my friend God is not a God of chances but a God of all knowing, how do I know this , well I'm glad you asked I have a powerful love affair with my heavenly Father, and time after time, after time He shows me the way when I have thought no way. What an AWESOME God we serve.ReplyDelete
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline" Proverbs 1:7
We have to think "future -minded, heavenly home bounded, because some are living in the "now". The now will fade and past never to be remembered. Don't be afraid to stand your ground. Don't cave in to the whining and begging. God's rules are for you to follow and your own good, even if others don't see it that way… God way is the ultimate smart choice you can and will ever make. Follow Christ the enemy will be made your footstool. Praise God!
I know it has been several years since you posted this, but it just came up on a search I did.ReplyDelete
You are absolutely correct. "Luck" and "chance" are pagan concepts, completely inconsistent with a biblical worldview, in which God made all things and they serve His glory. If we were subject to luck, then Paul couldn't say, "God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (Romans 8:28)