BBC radio news October 17, 2012, reported that one witness to the wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia testified that it wasn’t the captain’s efforts that saved lives. Instead, the news reader said the witness saw it as being “only luck, or as he (the witness) put it, ‘the hand of God.'”
If someone accredits something to God, is it up to a journalist to clarify that what they really mean is that it was all just luck?
Now don’t get me wrong. I like listening to the BBC. It’s one way I get a broader look at what’s happening in the world. And I certainly don’t think this type of journalistic editorializing is limited to elite British news organizations. We see it plenty here in the States too. But this is all a distraction from the real point.
Does God act or doesn’t he?
Let’s start by saying that God can do more than we will ever know, and that his power is beyond measure. (Ephesians 3:20.) But just because he can act, does that mean he does act?
Yes, and here are just a few of the ways he cares for his people:
Provision for our needs
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19.)
Escape from temptation
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13.)
Comfort in our troubles
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles … . (2 Corinthians 1:3-4.)
No doubt you can come up with more ways that God works in the lives of people today, but I think this is enough to show that attributing the things of God to mere luck is a fool’s game:
The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.” (Psalms 14:1 and 53:1.)
The fool may rely on luck, but God’s people rely on him.
What other passages can you think of that show how God acts in people’s lives today?