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What’s so wrong with saying ‘Good Luck?’


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!


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    Wow! I never really thought about luck not being biblical before. I tend to use the word luck a lot in my day-to-day life without even thinking about it. I think I’ll be more aware every time I say luck from now on.

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    Jerry Marelli

    I remember that as a new Christian many years ago, someone told me that Christians believe in the Lord and not luck. Nothing substitutes for HIM, not even luck. Need some good fortune or things to go your way…talk to HIM, HE’s waiting.

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    I have come to know that God controls the smallest details of our lives for the good if we give Him control. Prayer for His guidance, provision and protection will ensure that He is involved in bringing us His best to make us reflect His character in our lives. We will come through with joy and strength and increased confidence in His goodness. There is no luck in that, only assurance. Totally agree. Luck is an illusion.

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    Great food for thought. As God is ‘omniscient’ – all knowing and ‘omnipotent’ – all powerful, nothing with Him falls to happenstance, chance, or luck. It is within God’s providence – His divine guidance and care. Replacing “Good Luck” with a wish for God’s blessings shares a desire for the provision of a mighty God who knows, cares and is able beyond measure!

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    Good summary of the meaning. Let’s follow God’s way and bless others..that’s a sure thing.

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    I think sometimes we, as Christians, overthink things. Most people (especially Christians), in modern times don’t really “believe in” luck. They are just saying “good luck” in a way that means, “I hope everything goes well for you.” I know that is how I receive those words. BUT, on the off chance that someone is offended by or does believe in luck, it does us well to just avoid the quick “good luck,” and say what we really mean….God’s richest blessings to you! 🙂

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    If we believe in GOD it’s difficult to believe in “luck”. After all He is our creator,sustainer. He promised never to leave us or forsake us. He said He works all things together for our good. He said all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. He said to come to Him all who are heavy with cares and He will give you rest for your soul. He said He is our Peace. Luck is so unpredictable but Jesus! He stands true to His word in every circumstance. Want something you can truely depend on? its NOT luck. It’s the Lord. Come on! He’s waiting for you to call upon his name……….He is faithful and true. I know by years of experience………You can too 🙂

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    Luck is unpredictable, unreliable-Jesus is NOT. I speak from experience, from being a participant on both sides.

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    “I don’t believe in luck,
    I believe in Jesus”

    There should be a way to share the blog on Facebook, etc.

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    I trust the author’s intentions are good, however the article has some negative side-effects. It plants seeds of doubt, activating the internal editor, instilling guilt or shame for using a common term. It creates in-groups & out-groups (those who’ve heard and adopted this idea vs. those who have not). It can create confusion — a social phrase becomes breaking one of the Big 10. People last to hear (or those who decline to conform) bear the brunt of social sanction. Robert J. Lifton warns about this “loading the language” in his book “Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism”, a study of totalitarian control in China.
    I Thessalonians 5:21 — may you be blessed on the journey…& good luck.

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