Has anyone ever told you that you make your own luck? Essentially they are saying, you decide what happens in your life. You can make things happen. How do you feel about this philosophy?
First, you may automatically reject this idea simply because it contains the word “luck.” Secondly, you may argue that the sovereignty of God trumps our so-called luck.
Some of you might totally agree with the idea that we have to work for God to be working in us…or as many a youth leader said, “God can’t drive a parked car.”
I must admit that I think God is able to drive a parked car, but I don’t believe that we make our own luck.
Last night we had an amazing discussion at small group regarding how much of our lives is in our own hands. This wasn’t the topic, but the theme kept coming up. I have struggled with this so much, and I realized last night many other people do too.
When God gives you a dream, how much of His fulfilling that dream is up to you? Have you ever asked yourself that? Maybe it is a new career that you feel called to, maybe it is a spouse or a child, maybe it’s moving to another country…there is a plethora of dreams that God could plant in your heart. So when you have a longing or desire in your heart how do you continue to trust God without running ahead?
I wish I had an answer to give you that would suffice for all situations, but I don’t. I won’t even tell you about examples in my life where God fulfilled a dream that He gave me. Why? Because I don’t want you to base your theology on my experiences. Rather, I would love for you to jump into the Word and see what you can find.
Here are a few verses and stories you may want to consider as you wrestle with this question.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.