“Seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” — Acts 17:25
When I was still a young boy, the people of our church gathered at Touvelle State Park in Medford, Oregon. The occasion was a farewell party for our associate pastor who was being transferred to a California church. We all waited in anticipation as he opened his going-away gift. When he beheld the new camera we had given him, he exclaimed, “I always wanted a camera like this!” Someone responded with, “You are really lucky,” and I have never forgotten the reply of our associate pastor. He emphasized that he did not believe in luck, but rather, he believed in “Divine providence.” Over the years since that moment, it has become a part of my nature never to use the words “luck” or “lucky” in my vocabulary.
After I became a Christian, I realized that all things really do work together for good to them that love God (Romans 8:28), and that nothing can happen to me outside of the will of God if I have my hand in His. That only confirmed the belief expressed by our associate pastor—that luck has nothing to do with what happens to us. The blessings in our lives come from God and His great love for us, and He deserves the credit. Any trial is allowed by God and His great love for us, and we ought to thank Him for helping us through and for using them for good.
During my growing-up years, it was popular to have a rabbit’s foot as a good-luck charm. It occurred to me one day that, since the rabbit had to die in order for us to have those feet, they did not bring him any “luck.” After that, I never did have any confidence in so called good-luck charms. These days, I rest in the confidence that I serve a God who loves me and cares for me each day. He gives to me or withholds from me as He sees fit, and He is the one who gives each one of us “life, and breath, and all things.”
May we always remember and thank God that life is not a game of chance; life is a great opportunity to trust in a God who changes not.