There is no such thing as a coincidence with God. He knows all things and straightens our path. Nothing happens without it passing through his hands first and nothing takes him by surprise.
There is no way for something to “just happen” or “the luck of the draw” or “pure luck” or “by accident” or even “by chance”.
Maybe we have been praying for something and without our even realizing it, a series of events unfold. We get confused and even a bit angry at the way things are unfolding. It actually might not even dawn on us for a while that God’s hand is in our situation.
How many times are we in the middle of something and we pray that God would take us out of the situation? Maybe what is happening is God is answering your prayers in a way you never imagined. By faith, we pray and believe that what we have prayed about will come to pass. But sometimes we can’t see the evidence of our answered prayers until we are on the other side of the situation.
Answered Prayer Sometimes Takes Us By Surprise
Scenario Number 1:
It could be as simple as praying for boldness to talk with others about God and his goodness. Out of the blue, you get an urge to go to a certain store.
While shopping, you begin to notice a certain the person. They seem to be everywhere you turn. Finally, your small talk progresses into a pleasant chat. What you don’t know is that person has been feeling invisible and unwanted by everyone. They had been crying out to God wondering why he bothers to keep them alive. They had been asking God to please let someone at least notice they are alive.
When you begin to chat with them, they realize you not only noticed them but you are a fellow believer. God may have even given you the exact words that person needed to soothe their hurting soul.
You thought you were simply passing time and not even realized what was happening. That wasn’t a coincidence. You were both in that store and noticed each other at that exact moment, for a reason. God helped you to open up and put yourself out there. God used your willing heart to begin healing their wounded, lonely soul. They received a blessing you were willing to give. That wasn’t a coincidence. That was a God thing.
Scenario Number 2:
Or maybe you have been feeling like you’re not making a difference and you’re just floating along. You’ve been praying about what to do.
One day you hop in your car to run to the post office before work. Suddenly you get in an accident on the way. You’re okay but pretty aggravated at the other driver’s carelessness. As you get out to access the situation, you discover the other driver is having a medical emergency and needs immediate help. You just happen to be an ER nurse.
You have no way of knowing that the other person knew they were in serious trouble. Just before the accident happened, they cried out to God for help before blacking out. If they had not hit you and you reacted so quickly, they would not have made it. That was not dumb luck on your part and a lucky coincidence on theirs. That was God using you to provide a miracle for that person at the same time he answered your prayer to make a difference.
All Things Work Together For A Purpose
These are just a few examples of everyday life. God uses our circumstances (big and small) to teach us. It may be a lesson in faith, patience, love, or whatever he decides to deal with us about at any particular time. He uses these situations to test and grow us, to communicate with us, to benefit others. We may not understand why or how things have happened a certain way but when we approach our day with “what have you got for me today, Lord?” you will be in awe of what he will do through you. Trust him.
There is always a purpose for everything that happens in our lives. Don’t be too quick to ask (or beg) God to get you out of a particular situation. Instead, ask God to change your attitude about it and to use you to bless someone else while in that situation. Ask him to grow you. Ask God to reveal his purpose and what he wants you to do or say. Remember, nothing is an accident with God. Everything has a plan and a purpose.
Your Challenge Today
I want to challenge you to look at your world in a different light today. What have you been praying about? What have you been feeling drawn to do but have ignored? Has God answered a prayer but not in a way you expected him to so you ignored it? Look back at your last 6 months. How many times has God blessed you like that? If God did it once he will do it again. Maybe God is using you to bless someone else while blessing you at the same time. Be open to his leading.
Because no matter what situation you find yourself in, it is not a coincidence. God’s hand is in everything. It might not make sense to you now but someday, if God allows it, he will show you the bigger picture. There is always a reason and there is always a blessing that can come out of any situation.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 WEB)
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:2-4 KJV)