Breaking Bad — Luck

When I was a younger man, I worked in the construction trades, and our foreman, Smothers, almost daily, quoted a proverb that he lived by: “Anything that can go wrong—will…”

Smothers growled his aphorism while we hammered ribs to a house’s frame. He said it tongue in cheek—but his attitude bled into every stud and rafter. With his pronouncement, Murphy’s Law (Anything That Can Go Wrong Will…”) stalked our crew.

And often Smothers’ “prophecy” was self-fulfilling.

Human beings are conceived in Murphy’s Law—pessimism—and without Jesus, we cannot break free from what the Bible calls the “Law of Sin and Death.” Our homage to Murphy’s Law is a bleak, worldly reflection of this Law of Sin and Death.

The good news is that, when we give our lives to Jesus, God’s Law of the Spirit sets us free from the Law of Sin and Death (Murphy’s Law).

Instead:we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. [Romans 8:28]

A follower of Christ no longer lives with the expectation that everything is “going to hell in a hand basket…”

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the Law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the Law of Sin and Death. [Romans 8:1-2]

 Even more appealing is this: God engraves the “Law of the Spirit” on the heart of a believer. Our relationship with God dissolves every negative principle that may have been part of our reality before we were Christ-followers.

The gloomy, cynical attitudes and principles most people embrace DO NOT RULE THE CHRISTIAN.

No more FUBAR: “Fouled up beyond all recognition.”

No more SNAFU : “Situation normal, all fouled Up.”

No more “Waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

No more “Bad things come in threes.”

No more Murphy’s Law.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba Father).” [Romans 8:15]


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