This devotion addresses something that has been irritating me relatively recently - the widespread use of the word “luck” by Christians. The concept is so ingrained in our culture and vocabulary that we don’t even think about it when we say it.
Lucky, or Blessed?
I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.
Isaiah 45:6b, 7
Once you understand the difference between godless chance and divine providence, you begin to realize just how frequently the former manages to sprinkle our speech. I watch CNN to keep up with what’s happening in the world. They seem to have reporters stationed just about everywhere. Time and again, I hear one say to a survivor at some scene of human tragedy, “You were very lucky!” To which, sadly, the response is all too often, “Yes!” But was it luck? A mere coincidence? Not a chance!
The Lord, speaking through Isaiah, spells it out for us. “I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.” Then, to what, or to whom, are you going to turn for help in every situation? How are you going to make sense out of tragedy? Or understand the bountiful unearned, and certainly undeserved, goodness that comes into your life every day? All that exists, even light and darkness have come about not by chance, but were formed at God’s command. “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
So, carefully think about the words you use. Rid your speech of anything that takes away the glory that belongs to God and him alone. Such words are the idolatrous vocabulary of those who do not know that he alone is the LORD! You’re not lucky! No one is! You are blessed! For you were saved, not by chance, but by way of the cross of Christ your Savior—according to God’s divine and eternal plan.
Prayer: Lord, forgive my careless use of words that rob you of glory. Thank you for providing for all my needs by means of your gracious providence. In you, I am truly blessed. Amen.