Luck Is No Lady

This week a superstitious passenger delayed a flight in Shanghai after throwing coins into the engine for good luck.
The 80-year-old woman threw her change at the China Southern Airlines flight as she crossed the tarmac to board. She told police she threw the coins as she “prayed for safety.”
It wasn’t lucky for the passengers. They had to deplane, and the flight was delayed for five hours.
Do you see the irony? The very act of seeking safety by means of a superstition put her and 150 other passengers in mortal danger!
The Bible prohibits superstitious acts. There is no such thing as luck – good or bad.
In Isaiah’s day the people forsook the Lord and turned to Fortune and Destiny. Luck is the personification of Fortune. People use the term “Lady Luck” – but luck is no lady.
“You forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny…” Isaiah 65:11.
These rebels invited FORTUNE and DESTINY to their party!
Here are two “goddesses” we should never invite into our life.
First of all there is FORTUNE.
Christians can be superstitious at times. We will not use the word “lucky” – but we substitute the word “fortunate!” Both words are wrong when applied to Christians. When things go well for us we are neither “lucky” nor “fortunate” – we are blessed!
Luck says God doesn’t plan for us. She says things just happen by chance. As Christians we should see the error in this. The Bible teaches us that God has a plan for our lives.
“A man’s heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.” — Proverbs 16:9.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28.
Luck says things just happen. That we have no control. But God’s Word declares:-
“…Thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” — Deuteronomy 8:18.
God has put within us an ability – a power to succeed. But it is a power to succeed based on God-given biblical principles. Life is not a lottery – it is a decision we can take to seek God’s will for our lives.
Then there is the false goddess FAYE!
The girls’ name Faye means FATE or DESTINY! It comes from the word fata, from which we get the word fairy! FATE is the femme fatal – the irresistibly attractive woman who brings difficulty and disaster on men.
In ancient days DESTINY was represented in the idol FATE!
Fate is negative fortune, ill fortune. Even today a popular Christmas song has a line: “if the fates allow!” Did you notice the plural there “fates?” This is an unholy trinity of three goddesses: They are referred to as the fatal sisters who determine the birth, life, and death of men!
The false doctrine of this evil goddess FATE is fatalism.
Fatalism teaches that we cannot change our past. We are born where fate decided. So we shrug our shoulders and shirk our responsibility. Is this theory alive today? Of course it is. It says that we are the product of our environment. It insists that we blame our failure on our past, on our parents, on our circumstances.
Fatalism teaches that we cannot change our present. Therefore, it follows that it doesn’t matter how we live. It lies through the teeth and says that all events are subject to fate, and happen by unavoidable necessity! We cannot change our status. We must live with our appointed lot!
Mix a few drinks for FATE, as our text says, and it won’t be long before our motivation is put to sleep. We will become indolent.
And Fatalism teaches that we cannot change our future.
It says there is an unavoidable destiny! Perhaps you’ve heard the old song: “Que Sera, Sera!” – “Whatever will be, will be!” It says that death is in the hands of FATE – and that is why even today we talk about fatal accidents, fatal sicknesses – in short fatalities!
So what can we do about these evils – FORTUNE & DESTINY?
There are two weapons available to us:
First of all we must seek the Lord! The rebels in Isaiah’s day had forsaken the Lord. God promised a special blessing to the remnant who had not forsaken Him.
Then we must attend God’s House! Those rebels had forsaken God’s holy mountain. The location of His House. Lady Luck likes the casinos, and Faye just loves to sit and watch the 24 hour news reports!
But you can escape them at church. Lady Luck and Faye do not like the prayer room at all!