Shelbyville Daily Union

Ask the Pastor

May 26, 2011

Ask the Pastor

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Is there such a thing as luck?


Good Luck! This is a very popular phrase that many people say at a variety of events. The idea of luck means that something happens purely by chance, either for good or for bad. There are people, and you may know them, which carry around a good luck charm, such as a rabbit’s foot or another special piece that means a lot to them. They believe that this particular item brings them good fortune and will help them accomplish their task more effectively.

In this world, things do not simply happen by chance, God is in control, and we call that being sovereign. He is in control of every situation and is in control of everything. Psalm 139 says that God knows our thoughts and actions before we even do them. In Proverbs 19:21, the author writes that man can make plans, but it is God whose plan will ultimately come to be. It is also said earlier in Proverbs 16 that God directs the plans of man, and establishes his steps. If God knows our inner thoughts, if he knows the future, and if God directs our steps for his purposes; then there is nothing that happens just by chance. If there were anything that happened by chance, then my God would not be an all knowing God, which the bible describes that he is.

In the same sentence we wish luck, we also say that “everything happens for a reason.” This is a very biblical point, because God is in control. Although we may not know the reason that things happen, we need to take comfort to know that God is watching us, guiding us, and that all that happens is for his glory.

Chase Smith is the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Shelbyville. For more information from Chase or the church call 774-3636 or visit

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