No Such Thing As Luck

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

This is a very striking verse, and its truth should sink deeply into our hearts, permeate our outlook, and change our vocabulary.  It says “The lot” — supposedly an instrument of chance — “is cast into the lap.”  “But its every decision is from the LORD” (literally, YHWH, the God of the Bible).  This verse clearly teaches us that despite popular belief, and occasional appearances to the contrary, there is no such thing as “blind luck.”  There is only the purpose and providence of God who sovereignly rules from heaven. 

— Not a lot is cast into the lap whose decision is not from Him.

— Not a sparrow falls to the ground apart from Him, Matthew 10:29 says.

As followers of the God this verse talks about, we should banish the words “luck” and “lucky” from our vocabulary. There is no such thing as “luck” or “chance.”  Instead we should replace these words with others, which were once more common in a previous, more godly generation, and speak often of “Providence”, and “the providence of God.”  For in a world ruled by a Sovereign God who “upholds all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3) there is no such thing as “luck.”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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