Fortune or Fiction

Growing up, I was always told there is no such thing as luck. As Grandma always said, “Luck is of the Devil.” I thought that was a little extreme, even as a small child. Is it really of the devil to win the lottery, or come about something positive in your life? Personally, I don’t think so. As a matter of fact, God often works through fortunes in our lives, or grants us good will when He sees fit. So what does God have to say about fortune? Surprisingly, quite a bit.

Most commonly addressed are fortune tellers. Leviticus 19:31 says “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” As Christians, we should not seek the fortune tellers of the world, but seek the counsel of the Lord our God, or we will become unclean in the spirit. Additionally, the Bible addresses fortune as money. Christians are called to tithe to the church and be diligent with their money, as not to waste or misuse it. Matthew 6:21 says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, wherever we spend our money shows where our hearts are. If we tithe often and readily to the church, that shows that our hearts are in the church. If we spend $5,000 a week on shoes, your heart may not be where it should. There’s nothing wrong with spending money on fun things like expensive clothing, just be sure that you also give back to God, for everything is His anyway.

Another synonym for fortune, luck, is also addressed in the Bible. 2 Chronicles 18 tells a story about a wicked king named Ahab. 2 Chronicles 18:33 says “But a certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate.” It was a lucky shot, right? Not really. According to Proverbs 16:23, “The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.” In other words, the dice can be rolled, but everything is influenced by the Lord. Crazy to think about, isn’t it? Every outcome we face and every move we make has already been planned out and influence by God.

So is fortune fiction? It wasn’t by a lucky hit that the Cubs won the World series, and it wasn’t lucky Abe Lincoln freed the slaves. God has His hand in everything that happens in our world. There’s no suck thing as luck. It is just God granting His people blessings.



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