“I’ll keep my fingers crossed.” “Good luck.” “Touch wood.” Crossing yourself before athletic competition.
Does chance or luck govern the universe? Is what we see around us all the product of chance (evolution)? Is it right to try the lottery or gambling?
Are not the universe and all our lives governed by Almighty God?
Of course they are! Listen to Hebrews 1:3 speaking of Christ, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:”
Scripture teaches that Christ is Lord of providence, the governing of the world he created.
Our Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 10 reads:
Q. 27. What dost thou mean by the providence of God?
Ans. The almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by His fatherly hand.
Q. 28. What advantage is it to us to know that God has created, and by His providence doth still uphold all things?
A. That we may be patient in adversity; thankful in prosperity; and that in all things which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from His love; since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.
So what is our calling as Christians? Trust your Heavenly Father. Pray for his help. Obey him and fulfil your God-given responsibilities, AND THAT INCLUDES WORKING FOR YOUR LIVING (NOT GAMBLING)!
If you are not a believer—seek God in the Bible, speak to a Christian and attend a true church.
Sermon on providence below.