Unspeakable Joy Devotional

20-November

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Best of Luck. Jeremiah 32:40 “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.”

I find it interesting the more I participate in competitions the amount of people who attribute their successes and wins to luck. Perhaps the shoes they wear, the necklace they found, the color shirt that they wear when competing and it has crossed my mind a time or two. I stop myself and tell myself all those things have nothing to do with a win or success. These following statements are ones you may have heard in the past: “Lucky guy!” “You lucky dog!” “Boy, you got lucky!” “You lucked out!” “That four-leafed clover you found is good luck, you know.”

So much of what happens in our lives we attribute to luck. According to Dictionary.com, luck is defined as “a force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person’s life to shape circumstances, events, or opportunities” as a result of chance. So, whenever anything good or bad happens, we tend to think that it all comes from some strange happenstance or chance.

The truth is there is no such thing as luck. There is no comic force that lines up to make it work. Nothing happens by chance. The truth is it’s all God.

We also know that His eyes constantly wander back and forth across the earth watching everything. 2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”

Nothing escapes His gaze, not even the fall of a tiny bird. I love the next part that says He wants to show those of us who are loyal to Him how strong He is. So, if God is in control, if He sees everything, and He wants to show us His strength and love, how could anything ever happen by mere chance? Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”

Why is it easier, then, to believe that we’re lucky rather than blessed? Why is it easier to declare, “Gee, that was a lucky break!” instead of, “I can’t believe how God is blessing me”? Is it that we’re nervous about how others will react to us if we say that?

Isaiah 46:4 “And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.”

Even in the times of being in the right place at the right time or moments of odd coincidences, there’s no luck or chance about it. God is at work in every detail of our lives and our children’s lives every day.

So, the next time you feel lucky, or you think you’re on a streak of good luck, remember, it’s not luck at all. You didn’t actually get lucky. Everything happens by the will of God to fulfill His plans for your life. He is a good God, and He longs to do you good because He loves you very much.

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