You shall not eat anything with the blood; neither shall you use magic, omens, or witchcraft [or predict events by horoscope or signs and lucky days]. – Leviticus 19:26 (AMP)
Several years ago the movie “Napoleon Dynamite” made its debut. Among the many catch phrases that would be heard after its unveiling would be Napoleon’s statement to his buddy Pedro about his bike, “Shocks, pegs, lucky!” How often as a Christian do you find yourself verbalizing, either to yourself or someone else, the same sentiment?
You may think it is perfectly harmless, but according to today’s Scripture, God does not agree.
Saint Patrick’s Day is less than a month away on March 17th, 2012. People will wear green. Teachers in schools will tell stories of little men dressed in green, which will sneak in, steal gold and hide it in a pot at the end of the rainbow. Rivers will be dyed green in cities in lieu of celebration. Even bars will serve green ale in honor of the day.
Have you ever heard the term, “Luck of the Irish”? Are you aware of the irony of the term and that it actually means bad luck? What about the “lucky” four leaf clover? All of these things are seemingly harmless, right? Look again at today’s Scripture.
As a Christian, are you zealous for your faith or have you become lax in your belief?
The rainbow, God’s sign of His covenant promise to never destroy the earth by flood again, Genesis 9:13, has been reduced to house a fictional character and his ill-gotten wealth. Clover, created by God as substance for the animal has been reduced to lucky symbolism.
Do you realize that Samuel referenced luck as he conveyed the message to Saul that the Lord was removing the kingdom from him? 1 Samuel 15:23 reads:
23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim (household good luck images). Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.
Do you realize that Haman, in his determination to obliterate the Jews was counting on “lucky days”? Read Esther 3:7 and 9:24 in the Amplified version.
What is the harm, you may be asking. Do you believe in Darwinism: evolution? Do you believe in the “Big Bang Theory”: that our universe was created by an explosion? Believing in “luck” is the same as these. That somehow, outside of God, the universe was created by an explosion and we evolved from there would be pretty “lucky” indeed.
As a Christian, we believe in God’s divine plan. He purposefully created and called into being each living thing, vegetable and animal. With His own hands He created man and breathed His very breath into his lungs.
Luck is a belief in a random “good fortune” or happening, it’s a gamble. As a child of God, we believe that He blesses on purpose, just as He created us, because of His love for us.
Luck says it might be. God says it will be. Gods promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:18 says:
18And in your Seed [Christ] shall all the nations of the earth be blessed and [by Him] bless themselves, because you have heard and obeyed My voice.
In Him (Christ) shall all the nations of the earth be blessed……and by Him (speaking of Christ again), bless themselves. Don’t miss that! James speaks of blessing and cursing coming out of the same mouth and how it should not be. Are you a professed Christian speaking of how lucky you are? How can that be?
There is no luck with God. There are only plans of purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 affirms this:
11For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
If you are a Christian and find yourself in a situation where you are looking for your “luck to change”, it’s time to get off of the fence. Get rid of the “seemingly harmless” compromise and latch onto the promise of God.
God created, loves, has chosen and called you to a life of purpose. You are blessed in Christ Jesus and there is nothing lucky about that!