Is There Such a Thing As Coincidence?
By Rick Warren
— November 19, 2012
“Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon. A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, ‘Would you give me a drink of water?’” (John 4:6-7 MSG)
During this week of Thanksgiving, give some thought to this question: Is there such a thing as coincidence?
In Kingdom reality, there simply cannot be. Random doesn’t happen in God’s Kingdom. Oswald Chambers says God is the Great Engineer, creating circumstances to bring about moments in our lives of divine importance, leading us to divine appointments.
Was it a coincidence that Jesus came upon the woman at the well? Was she just a random woman who walked into a discussion of God’s grace and omnipotence and then told a whole village about God’s forgiveness? Would God have left that all to chance?
Would he do any less in the details of your life?
The Bible says God actively works within our circumstances. And so we cannot judge our situation apart from God’s wisdom.
In other words, we must leave it up to God to interpret our circumstances. Only he is capable of understanding all the facts, and only he sees the significance of every detail.
This is a critical question to answer in your life: Is God active in your current circumstances or not?
Talk About It
Why would God not be involved in your circumstances?
If you believed God had your best interest at heart, how would you view your current circumstances differently?
Jon Walker writes about how God can work through the worst of circumstances in his breakout book, “Breakfast with Bonhoeffer.” “Gut-wrenching honesty, real world faith, not just another 'feel good' Christian story.”
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