Incidence, not Coincidence

The Lord of hosts has sworn: ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.’ This is the purpose that is purposed concerning the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?” Isaiah 14:24,26-17

Where in life is there coincidence? In God’s sovereign economy, nowhere; there is none. Where do we claim “it was just meant to be,” but credit “fate” or “stars’ alignment,” “karma” or “gut feelings,” and not acknowledge that this is true because an overarching benevolent Ruler is at the controls of all of life? Just as we have a web of invisible radio waves and fiber optics at any moment in time transversing our airspace, we live in the midst of the supernatural. Unlike our modern technology, though, God’s rule always works, is never disrupted, and always accomplishes what He desires. His power never fails.

Lights on drive-by at night

God, the Alpha and Omega, sees the beginning from the end, and superintends history and elections and kings and kingdoms according to His always-good plan. He raises up, He brings low. He uses good leaders and evil leaders to accomplish His purposes among people and nations. He is orderly and measured, never capricious or arbitrary. He prescribes every incidence, and what many chalk up to chance or luck never just happens. (Exodus 9:16; Psalm 75:7; Isaiah 44:28; Revelation 22:13)

Jesus came to earth to fulfill perfectly God’s plan for Him as our Redeemer, and He finished His work. All things were created by Him, through Him, and for Him, and in Him all things hold together. If He sustains all by His power, no occurrence is out of His control. (Mark 14:36; John 12:27; 17:4; 18:37; 19:30; Colossians 1:16-17)

God’s word proves true and can be trusted. All He says, He is faithful to accomplish. Not one of His words falls to the ground without purpose or fulfilling His intention. God’s word never fails, and lasts forever. (Psalm 18:30; 33:4; Isaiah 46:10-11; 55:11; Matthew 24:35)

What difference do these truths make in the way I view difficulties, health issues, challenging relationships, disappointments, tragedy? When situations or fears or sin feel out of control, can I ground my reaction in my unchanging, all-powerful LORD of hosts? If there are no coincidences, can I not take comfort from God’s ordering of my days and weaknesses and heartaches, guidance from His inspiration, instruction from conviction? When something does not turn out as I expected or desired, do I trust He is not surprised, but rather purposeful and wise and has divine reasons for all that transpires? His sovereign reign means I can face each day and every incident with hope and security, absolutely trusting His goodness. (Romans 8:28)

Lord of lords, increase my faith as I look to You to accomplish Your perfect will in every aspect of life. Give me eyes to see Your invisible hand. Help me to keep silence before Your holy throne and trust Your appointed times, and Your timing, in all things concerning me and those I love. (Habakkuk 2:3-4,20; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Peter 3:8-9)

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