Gems on the Sword —– 16 Jan

 

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Guest Post by Jeanette Andrade

No Such Thing As Luck January 16

Scripture Selection: Psalm 16:5-6; Proverbs 16:33; James 1:17

Food for Thought: James 1:17

God’s Word confirms that He is Lord of all; He does not leave for the enemy even a “smidgin” of credit regarding chance, although the enemy certainly tries to direct people’s attention to good luck charms, gambling, and the like. The Lord, throughout the Bible offers plenty of examples of how something similar to drawing straws or rolling dice helped indicate His will, the selection of people, and the division of inheritance.

Some people think that when good things happen during the day—a parking place becoming available at the right time in a crowded lot, winning a prize in a drawing, or whatever—that it is just luck. But the Word tells us that the good gifts come from Him. Every one of them.

One time I was at a conference where several door prizes were given out. I noticed that the co-workers who had won were not believers, so I said in my heart to the Lord that as His child, I should receive from Him, and win something from the abundance of prizes. Just as soon as I contemplated the thought, my name was called. While I don’t plan on acting out of greed in future situations, I did learn a valuable lesson. He is Lord over all, even over things like drawings. There’s no such thing as luck.

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8 Responses to Gems on the Sword —– 16 Jan

  1. suyts says:

    Hmm…. I think this is worthy of discussion. Doesn’t the sword fall on the just and unjust?

    • J Sue says:

      I know the rain does, but I haven’t heard about “the sword.”

    • suyts says:

      Oh, yes you have!

    • suyts says:

      I suppose I should explain a bit more. It is the same concept as the rain….
      “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matthew 5:45 NKJV

      But also, it regards violence. I can’t quite find the quote, but in essence, the thought is things happen and they make no distinction between who is just and who isn’t. If a rock falls, or if a lance is used, the rock nor the lance cares about who or what they fall on.

      I was a very young person when I was first exposed to this thought.

  2. DirkH says:

    “But the Word tells us that the good gifts come from Him. Every one of them. ”

    And I thought it was Bernanke. ;-)

  3. Bruce says:

    Conversely many people have problems with the fact that bad things happen. Earthquakes. Mosquitos.

    The point though is that the Garden was without such things, it was the choice of man to disobey God and thus be sent out into the hard lands of rest of the Earth, where the mosquitos already were in residence.

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