Boundaries Encouragement & Hope Temptation

“You Make Your Own Luck”

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. 

Ephesians 3:14-21
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.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen
The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Eph 3:14-21
Ephesians 1:11-12
11 In him we were also chosen,having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Eph 1:11-12
Genesis chapters 6-9 (The story of Noah)
Exodus 3  (The Calling of Moses)
Matthew 6:25-34
 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Mt 6:25-34
I could list more verses here, but let’s start with these. I’d love to hear your thoughts and other verses that contribute to this discussion.  Today, I pray that we will “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.”

I've been a follower of Jesus for over 30 years, and have been teaching God's Word to students and women for nearly 20 years! God has brought me through some difficult chapters in my own life, and now my passion is equipping women like you with tools to embrace your own unexpected chapters in life with grace and truth.

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