What is Luck?
Luck is defined by Merriam-Webster as a noun & a verb.
- Luck as a noun: a force that brings good fortune or adversity
- Luck as a verb: to prosper or succeed especially through chance or good fortune
Wikipedia defines luck: “Luck is the phenomenon and belief that defines the experience of notably positive, negative, or improbable events. The naturalistic interpretation is that positive and negative events may happen all the time, both due to random and non-random natural and artificial processes, and that even improbable events can happen by random chance.”
Is Luck in the Bible?
No, luck is not in the Bible. There are no references to being “Lucky” or have good or bad luck in the Bible.
Is being blessed and being lucky the same thing?
No, being blessed and being lucky are not the same thing.
Let’s look at the definition of blessed to help us determine the difference.
What does it mean to be blessed?
Dictionary.com defines blessed as an adjective meaning : 1. consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified. 2. worthy of adoration, reverence, or worship. 3. divinely or supremely favored; fortunate. 4. blissfully happy or contented. 5. bringing happiness and thankfulness.
Another definition of blessed is: a: held in reverence b: honored in worship c: of or enjoying happiness – specifically, Christianity
As you can see, these 2 words mean completely different things.
As a Christian, we are favored by our Father in Heaven. This favor is often referred to as a Blessing. The Bible teaches us about Blessings.
Where can I read about Blessings in the Bible?
The words Bless, Blessed, and Blessing are used over 400 times in the bible according to someone online who spent a lot of free time counting. I trust that it is used a great number of times, but have never personally counted. You can find blessings in the bible from Genesis to Revelation. I will however share a few of my favorites with you!
- Deuteronomy 11:26-28 is a great example of how our Lord God used “Blessing” as a reward for obedience – 26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; 28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.
- Numbers 6:22-27 is a good example of how God taught us to bless: 22 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: 24 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’ 27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
- Psalm 20:4 is a great way to pray a blessing over others: May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose.