There is no lady luck

Acts 1:26 - And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Some time back we had a Gospel singing competition and the youth selected at the auditions were all very good. For the finals we had given each contestant a list of 10 common songs and they were told they would have to sing anyone of the 10 songs. There were a lot of variations in between the songs and some being very hard for a normal singer, which only a trained or gifted singer would be able to take them.

During the finals we had put a pot on the stage with 10 balls having numbers 1 to 10 written on them and the opening of the pot was covered with a slit enough to only put a hand. The participant after coming on the stage picked a ball and the corresponding song from a list the participant had to sing. The participants could never guest what song they could have to sing and had to rely on the grace of God to promote him or her to the winners list.

People may think here was an element of 'luck'.

It is sad people use words without giving thought to their meaning or understanding. Luck is defined as 'to gain success or something desirable by chance'. The word 'chance' means there is no telling if or not it happens and no one is in control of the event.

In today's message we read the 11 Apostles selected the 12th member by drawing lots. It was not that they could not decide so gave it unto chance to select the 12th person. They actually used the understanding of the Urim and the Thummim which was put in the Breastplate of Judgment.

We as Christians who know God should always remember that God is alive and in control of everything. There is nothing that can happen without His will of His approval. Even the evil that Satan does is because he is given time by the Lord to repent, but Lord knowing his heart has already written his destiny. God does not allow problems into the lives of His people more than what they are given grace to overcome. It is only for the purpose to mold us that things happen into our lives, that is why we have a choice to abide by the Word, surrendering and change or let events happen in our lives and let them change us or mold us.

At the Gospel singing contest we realized from the ones who were not selected, there were some who could sing very well but had some areas in that life which needed working before they could be put on the stage to evangelize the people. These got songs which were not made for their voice.

Understand 'luck' is a word only of the heathens who do not know God and sometimes without realizing we act like them at times. Using this word is the same as believing in Astrology, Palmistry and other occults and not in God.

[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are Almighty God, Omnipotent and Omnipresent. There is no place where anyone can go to hide from You. There is nothing that we do or even think of which is hidden from You. You are in control of everything and yet You allow things for You alone know the future and the hidden. You have given to us a view of the things in your Word so that we do not get lost or lose faith. Lord, we ask your forgiveness for the times we believed in the supernatural which does not exist instead of You Who are beyond natural and super natural, for You are real and are Spirit. Help us always remember You are with us and in control...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[ Reference Scripturesr ]
Exodus 28:29-30
29 And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually.
30 And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.

Nehemiah 7:64-65
64 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but it was not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.
65 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and Thummim.

1 Samuel 28:6
6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

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