What’s so wrong with saying ‘Good Luck?’14 Comments
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it’s time for those pesky sayings about luck to start popping up. “The Luck of the Irish,” “have yourself some good luck today,” and “lucky charms” in the form of four leaf clovers are abundant. But what exactly is luck? Is it real? And is it biblical?
First and foremost, we must direct our attention to the Bible. Have you ever wondered why the word luck isn’t in scripture? Perhaps to understand, let’s look at the dictionary definition of luck. Merriam-Webster defines luck “to come upon something desirable by chance.” And what does chance mean? Chance, by definition, means “the occurrence and development of events in the absence of any obvious design.” But we, as Christians know, that nothing is left to chance. God is in complete control. Ultimately, “of chance” is not “of God.” And if chance is the main component of luck, we must conclude that there is no such thing as luck.
Now that we know there is no such thing as luck, why do we continue to say to someone “hey, good luck!” When we use the word luck, we are really dismissing God and all of His ultimate glory. When we say “good luck,” we are really saying “God is not causing your good fortune,” but rather “I hope that random chance events outside of everyone’s, including God’s, will turn out for your benefit.” Is that the kind of message we want to send? Absolutely not! We want to share the love of God and wish His blessings on others! Perhaps instead of wishing someone “good luck,” we should replace the phrase with “may God bless you!”
But you may still be wondering, I still don’t see what the big deal is, wishing someone good luck. Again, let’s ask ourselves, what does the bible say? Luck and placing an emphasis on it is really placing your faith on something else other than God. Luck comes an idol. Think back into your own life. Have you ever worn a lucky jersey on game day to help the men on the field beat your rival team? Have you ever carried a lucky rabbits foot on your keychain hoping for good fortune? Listed in the ten commandments, the Bible states very clearly, “no other gods before me.” So when we put an emphasis on luck, or rather lucky items, we are putting those idols before our almighty God.
So, this upcoming St. Patrick’s day (and every day after), we must remind ourselves that nothing is left to chance or luck because we have an omnipotent God in control.
Let us know in the comments below your thought and feelings on luck!