Do You Believe In Luck?

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Colts 45 – Chiefs 44

I believe in Luck. Andrew Luck, quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.  In October, Luck and his team bested his predecessor, Peyton Manning and the previously undefeated Denver Broncos in Peyton’s return to Indy, the most anticipated game of the season.  And now, in the Wild Card Game of the Playoffs, with Luck on their side, Indy came from 28 points down to defeat the favored Kansas City Chiefs in the 2nd biggest comeback in NFL history.  KC was in the lead by four touchdowns – countem’:  FOUR TDs – in the third quarter and yet  managed to lose.  Remember, “Don’t Blow the Lead,” right?  (December 16, 2013)

Quarterback Andrew Luck has shown that he’s got skills before, as he was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both 2010 and 2011, but now I’m really believer. I believe in Luck. Andrew Luck.

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While I believe in Andrew Luck, as he has proven that he can “hang” with best of them, I know that there’s no such thing as luck. Luck or chance is an event which occurs beyond one’s control, without regard to one’s will, intention, or desired result. Saying it was luck or attributing anything to luck denies that God is in control.  We need to give credit where credit is due: the credit for everything that happens to us is God’s. There’s no such thing as luck, because God is alive and well. He cares about us, and is involved in our lives.

While I believe in Andrew Luck, I firmly believe, trust, rely on and have faith in God. Not luck. Not fate nor flukes; not chance or coincidence; not happenstance or circumstance; I believe God.  God has blessed us, so we don’ t have to resort to luck.

Unfortunately, we don’t trust God like we should all of the time. We hope and we wish, but we don’t trust the Lord with all of our hearts. Instead we lean to our own understanding. Such was the case when it came time to choose a replacement for Judas; unfortunately Peter relied on chance, not God.

In Acts Chapter 1, while the disciples were waiting for the Holy Spirit, Peter and the others were searching the Scriptures, looking for guidance as to what was going on and what to do.  Peter found that God knew all about Judas, it was no surprise to God (Psalm 69:25 and 109:8). Yet Peter takes it upon himself to direct the choosing of the new apostle.  God knew about Judas, his betrayal of Jesus, his suicide, and the need for him to be replaced. God did not say Peter needed to facilitate this. This was Peter’s deduction, Peter’s “therefore”, Peter’s reasoning. Peter went ahead of God.

Peter added something God didn’t require. An apostle is one chosen by Jesus (Acts 1:2); Peter did allow God to choose. God must have felt like me on election day-only 2 choices!

God had a person all picked out for the position, but the time was not right. Peter was impatient. In that time and culture 12 was considered complete; 11 was not. By the end of Acts, there are 13 apostles, not twelve. God picked someone the disciples would have never dreamed of, someone they would have voted against unanimously. Saul-the man plotting to destroy the church, who would meet Jesus on the road to Damascus, witness Jesus resurrection, be chosen as an apostle by Jesus Himself. The man who would become the Apostle Paul. (Sermon by John Beehler, June 2000) 

I believe that Andrew Luck may win a Super Bowl, but I also believe what the Bible says “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”  and “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” (Proverbs 16:9 and 16:33, New Living Translation)

Let’s trust God to determine our steps.  Let’s trust God to determine how the chips will fall. He knows what’s best for us, and if we acknowledge Him in all of our ways, He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6).

Let’s root for Andrew Luck, and not believe in Lady Luck, and leave it at that.

Repost from October 21, 2013

2 thoughts on “Do You Believe In Luck?

  1. “We need to give credit where credit is due: the credit for everything that happens to us is God’s.” Great. That means we can also blame God for all of the misery he inflicts on the innocent. Or is that just “bad luck”?

    1. Hey Mike.

      Thanks for your comment. I offer this response:

      “All the ways of God are meaningful.” That being said, God is the author of good and right and truth. We cannot blame God for misery, for He does not inflict misery on the innocent. Misery and distress are the consequence of disobedience and depravity. One cannot run away from the fact that man himself is the victim of his own self-inflicted wounds; conquest, war, famine and death. “These four consequences express in broad and symbolic terms the misfortune and sorrow precipitated by sinful humanity.”

      But the grace of God is greater than the depravity of man; all that is bad – all that you may call “bad luck” – can be overcome by His grace.

      Dave

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