What does the Bible say about luck?

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What does the Bible say about luck?

The Bible does not use the term “luck” in the way contemporary society often does, but it addresses the concept of chance and divine providence. Scripture emphasizes that God is sovereign and in control of all events. Proverbs 16:33 states, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord,” suggesting that what may appear as chance is ultimately under God’s control. Similarly, Ecclesiastes 9:11 acknowledges the presence of unpredictable events, “time and chance happen to them all,” but this does not negate God’s sovereignty. Throughout the Bible, there is a clear message that God’s providential hand guides the course of human history and individual lives. Believers are encouraged to trust in God’s plan and His wisdom rather than attributing outcomes to luck. This perspective encourages faith in God’s guidance and purpose, reinforcing the belief that He works all things for the good of those who love Him, as expressed in Romans 8:28.

Luck – Definition 

The word luck is defined as “a force that brings good fortune or adversity” or “one’s personal fate or lot.” Although humans exercise their own freedom of choice and make their decisions, the Lord is still in control and He directs the history of the world to fulfill His purposes. Therefore, Christians can be sure that nothing happens to them by chance. Everything that takes place has a reason for happening and God works all things (good or bad) for their ultimate good (Romans 8:28).

God’s inspired instructions in the Scriptures help the believers to combat the delusion of worldly superstitious luck because the Bible teaches that the Creator, who loves His children and gave His life to redeem them (John 3:16), is the only One who can truly protect and guide them in this dark world of sin (Psalm 32:8). Therefore, Christians should not fear bad luck when they are daily connected to God by study of His Word and prayer (John 15:4). In Him, there is safety and peace (Ephesians 2:14).

Some Bible Verses About Luck 

“The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). 

“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33). 

“But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3). 

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).  

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Romans 8:28-30). 

“I returned and saw under the sun that—The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all. For man also does not know his time: like fish taken in a cruel net, like birds caught in a snare, so the sons of men are snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them” (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12). 

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). 

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). 

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:9-10). 

“For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37). 

“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11). 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). 

“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18). 

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