Faith Or Luck
Posted: Friday, June 10
A group of well-intentioned people met to discuss ways and means of helping a friend who had been down on his luck recently. Knowing him to be an extremely proud person, who would not accept money, they decided to arrange a bogus raffle. They told him that they would all draw numbered slips of paper from a hat, and the person who drew the number four would win $200. They didn’t tell him that the number “four" was on every slip.
After the drawing, each of the conspirators glanced at their slips and crumbled them up in the manner of disappointed losers. Then they waited to hear their friend announce that he had drawn the winning number. But he didn’t say anything. Finally, one member of the group asked him, knowingly, "What number did you draw?" He said "Six and seven-eighths," as he held up…the hat-size tag!
Is there such a thing called luck?
Police in Los Angeles reported that they had “good luck” with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words, "Give me all your money or I’ll shoot," the suspect shouted, "that’s not what I said!"
Is life a series of random coincidences or is there a grand design to life? Solomon, a man many would deem lucky, answers this question from a position of wisdom and life experience. Solomon observed while many may think life is just a roll of the dice, there is actually a Sovereign God occupying the director’s chair of our story. The Bible goes on tells us that He is a God of love and compassion; that He sees all, hears every prayer, and acts with a perfect balance of justice and mercy. He doesn’t promise pain-free living or ever-increasing comforts in the here and now, but He does promise that everything that happens will be for our good and for the good of those around us.
We express our trust in God’s sovereignty as we live by faith in Him. Active faith in God makes a tremendous difference in our daily life. Think of what this does for us. Faith in a sovereign God gives us a positive, joyful attitude knowing that God stands over our life. Faith in God empowers us with an open and watchful disposition, an awareness of God’s presence and a readiness to bless others. Faith in God leads us to work harder and strive for excellence in all we do. Faith in God energizes us to take great risks for Him; to love fiercely, give generously, and serve faithfully. Faith in God’s sovereignty grants us peace in times of heartache, knowing that God is in control and has a master plan in moments that seem so random. Ultimately, faith in God gives us security for our future; a deep, unshakable knowing that He has everything in hand.