What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

This past weekend my husband and I had dinner with friends we hadn’t seen in a while. We learned that our friend, Sam (name changed to protect the innocent) had experienced a massive heart attack.  We listened intently as he and his wife described the event.
“We were so fortunate that the paramedics were close to where we lived. At the hospital (which isn’t the one we normally go to) was one of the few heart specialist in the nation trained to identify Sam’s unique problem.  Over the course of two days, they had to revive Sam twenty (20) times.  We were so lucky.”  Lucky?  What exactly is luck?


  • Wikipedia describes luck or fortuity as good or bad fortune in life caused by accident or chance and attributed by some to reasons of faith or superstition, which happens beyond a person’s control.
  • Merriam-Webster defines luck as a force that brings good fortune or adversity, the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual, or favoring chance.
 Throughout the twenty-minute description, luck and fortunate were used repeatedly.  As the couple describe this frightening event, my husband and I would interject, “yes, you were really blessed.”  However, the couple never acknowledged the role God had played in saving Sam’s life.
Isn’t it funny that when a national disaster or other tragedy occurs, people are quick to blame God?  They retort, “Why did God let this happen?” However, when God does something miraculous, people are quick to attribute it to “luck.” When Congresswoman Gabriella Gifford began to respond after her attempted assassination, the attending physician felt compelled to acknowledge, “Sometimes the miraculous is involved in medicine.”
Miraculous is defined as an extraordinary event or miracle manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.  The only Person I know who can accomplish “divine intervention” is God.   Ask the nobleman whose son was healed by Jesus (John 4:46-50) or the man born blind who was given sight by our Lord (John 9:1-34).  Jesus continues to do the miraculous today.
It’s been said that “luck” is “Laboring Under Correct Knowledge.”   Know that it is God who sovereignly rules over heaven and earth and controls the events of our life.  Next time you ascribe an outcome or event to luck, think again!

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