Luck, Fate and Coincidence

by Lester Young

Do you believe in luck? How about fate? Well, here are a few nuggets that you might find rather interesting. Although Isaiah 65:11 is the target scripture I want to bring your attention to, let’s read down into it from verse 10: 10) “And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me. 11) But you are they that forsake the Lord, who forget my holy mountain, who prepare a table for that troop, and who furnish the drink offering unto that number.”

In the Hebrew dictionary, that word ‘troop’ is translated from the Hebrew term gad which literally means ‘fortune’ – that is, luck. The word translated ‘number’ in that verse is from the Hebrew term ‘Mniy,’ which is the proper name of a Babylonian idol, and it literally means ‘The Apportioner’; or, as we might say, Fate. To bring things into crystal-clarity, here’s Isaiah 65:11 from the Amplified Bible: “But you who forsake the Lord, who forget and ignore My holy Mount [Zion], who prepare a table for Gad [the Babylonian god of fortune] and who furnish mixed drinks for Meni [the god of destiny]…”

So, according to the Word of God, we see that luck and fate are actually idols worshipped by some of the ancient Israelites after they were carried off into Babylonian captivity. And we already know that idols are nonliving and utterly useless human creations, as Psalm 115 points out: “Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands. They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see. They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell. They have hands but cannot feel, and feet but cannot walk, and throats but cannot make a sound” (verses 4-7 New Living Translation).

Now, the term ‘luck’ is generally defined as ‘a chance operation of circumstances, occurrences and/or events to bring good (or bad, as the case may be) to someone.’ But (focusing on just the ‘good’ side for a moment), if there is no such thing as luck, how do we explain those times when something good happens to us that we were in no way expecting? The Apostle James plainly tells us that “all good and perfect gifts [originate from and] come down from above, from the Father…” (James 1:17 paraphrased). It’s just that simple; and by faith we attribute them to the grace of God our Father, and thank Him for them (Ephesians 5:20). After all, Isaiah 45:2-3 says, “I will go before you…and level the mountains.I will smash down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness – secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord…” (New Living Translation).

And ‘fate,’ a predetermined and inevitable lot in life – what about that? Well, although it’s true that there are two ultimate destinations for mankind, we must not overlook the fact that every person has been given the sovereign choice of which one he or she will go to. God has already declared, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses” (Deuteronomy 30:19 New Living Translation). You not only get to decide where you’ll spend eternity, but you can also make up your own mind about the road you’ll take to get there (Deuteronomy 28:1-2; Matthew 6:32-33, 7:13-14; Ephesians 2:10). Your destination is not locked in; your decisions are totally up to you (Ezekiel 18:20-32). (God simply knows the choices you’re going to make, because He dwells in eternity and isn’t limited by our natural concept and dimension of time – in other words, He knows and can see the end from the beginning [Isaiah 46:10].)

Okay…so if luck and fate are both actually nonexistent, is there such a thing as ‘coincidence’? The long answer? Well, coincidence is defined by as ‘a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time, apparently by mere chance.’ But we know that the Blessing of Abraham and the curse of the Law are both already functioning in the earth right now as we speak (Deuteronomy 28:1-13, 30:19; Galatians 3:13-14). One is intended by its author to bring death and destruction – whether small or large; the other intricately designed by its Creator to bring abundance and life – whether small or large (John 10:10). One is connected to and operates through fear (Hebrews 2:14-15); the other is connected to and activated by faith (Galatians 3:14). And, ‘coincidentally,’ two synonyms for coincidence just happen by mere chance to be ‘luck’ and ‘fate’ (thank you again,; that was right on time!).

Alright, then…I guess that just leaves the short answer, so here it is: ‘No.’

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6 Comments to “Luck, Fate and Coincidence”

  1. Very well thought-out and backed by Scripture, Lester! One either believes in a Sovereign God in one’s life, or not; either to trust in the Lord, or to believe in randomness. This is the same dichotomy between Creation Theory and Evolution. One is backed by God’s Word, the other, concocted by man. Blessings, Dee

    • Very true…the Scriptures contain the answers, so we don’t have to rely on just our own ideas or human opinion of things – the more sure Word, as 2 Peter 1:19 calls it. Thanks for stopping by, Dee!


  2. Very enlightening, Lester. Thanks for sharing with us.

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