I went to training for work the other day and several people wished me “good luck.” I get what they mean when they say those two words but deep down that phrase has never sat well with me and I truly think those words are said out of ignorance because of one’s lack of faith.
Have you ever carried a rabbit’s foot, nailed a horseshoe over your doorway or crossed your fingers all in the name of good luck? When I knew no better, I believed in all kinds of superstitious charms and other items and trusted in these novelties to produce the positive, desired outcome I wanted. I have matured a little now and when I hear people, especially Christians, wish others or me good luck, it hits a nerve because it smacks of being superstitious.
Superstitions are witchcraft, astrology, magic and other beliefs (like believing in good or bad luck) that people hold as truths in order to control chaotic circumstances in their lives. According to psychologist Stuart Vyse, over half of Americans believe in some kind of superstition. (No children of God in that poll, I’m sure.)
I read another article that claimed belief in prayer is a superstitious practice. Anyone with half a brain knows that prayer has Someone to back it up, not so with superstitious beliefs. There is a huge difference in believing in not walking on sidewalk cracks and believing in prayer. One belief is born and done out of fear, the other out of faith.
Some people would not dream of leaving their home without their lucky shirt on; others would never dare go anywhere without wearing a beloved religious item. Both acts are superstitious and are indicative of idolatry. There is nothing wrong with wearing a cross around your neck, but when it becomes an obsessive act, this is dangerous practice.
Do not think you are tempting fate if you open an umbrella indoors or walk in front of a black cat. Things like luck and chance are pure guesswork... not so with prayer-it is logical. Nothing is done outside of God’s divine plan…believe that.