Have you ever had someone say to you “you are so lucky” or “you are having some bad luck?” I know I have. I have been told by my family many times over the years that I was born lucky since my birthday is 7/11. I never thought of myself as lucky since I knew that I worked hard for everything I had. Even when I was younger and didn’t care about anything, I was not expecting to have things handed to me, I just didn’t care what happened and when things worked in my favor I was branded as lucky.
Webster’s defines luck in two ways:
- a force that brings good fortune or adversity
- the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual
So if you read the definition, luck is brought on by (“a force”). In my mind that is either God or Satan. If you are having a day of good luck then God is watching over you and guiding your way. If you are having a day of bad luck then something has happened to allow Satan to guide your way.
In JOB 1:6-22 God was bragging on how loyal Job was to Him and Satan said that if God was not looking over Job and protecting him he would curse him. Job was not thinking of how lucky he was. He was giving all of the thanks and praise to God, and when God allowed Satan to come in and take it all away, Job didn’t cry about how much bad luck had fallen on him he just said “God has given and God has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Many times we are too busy looking at the situations we are in to notice who we are handing our lives over to. We will do things because that is what our carnal minds and bodies want without giving thought to what we are doing. Here is a situation that might help to explain what I am taking about.
You are walking down the street and you look down and see a $20.00 bill, what do you do?
- Pick it up and put it in your pocket.
- Try to find the person that dropped it.
- Pick it up and use it to buy a homeless person a meal.
You may be saying to yourself WooHoo my lucky day! You might also be thinking that it is only $20.00 so what is the difference. Well it may be an elderly persons money they were using to buy there medicine for the week, or money a single mom was going to use for food for her children. We never know what the situation is and your decision will dictate who you are letting guide you.
There is no good or bad luck. It is all in how we live our lives. If we continue to praise and worship God giving Him all of the glory, then we will need for nothing and many will look at that as good luck. If we turn our backs on God we allow Satan to come in and guide us. Satan will send you down a path of destruction that many look at as bad luck.
In the year to come let’s be more watchful of whom we allow into our lives. Guard your spirit to ensure we are letting God guide us and not Satan. We all need to be more like Job and thank God for all He has done. Don’t fall to the temptation of Satan. Remember God is always with you. All you need to do is call on His name.
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed”. James 1:13-14