Coincidence or God?
"At first laying down, as a fact fundamental, that
nothing with God can be accidental." -Longfellow
A friend and I were discussing miracles. It is interesting
to note how some people, when faced with a miraculous
situation, interpret the events as nothing more than pure
coincidence. While events that result from pure chance may
occur, it is an injustice to God to chalk up all miraculous
events as such.
In my own life, especially as a younger, single woman,
there were times that I needed a virtual miracle to pull me
out of a desperate situation. When these prayers were
answered, some of my friends rolled their eyes, insisting
the only astounding thing to happen was that good luck had
fallen my way. However, deep in my heart, I knew the
I had no tangible evidence to prove that God had His
hand in these events. I'm certain that even if God did
choose to offer me something tangible, such as a boulder
crashing through my living room bearing the engraved
inscription, "This is God," the doubters would still find
some loophole through which to explain the amazing
This same friend then raised the issue of coincidence vs
God's miraculous authorship in the Bible, specifically, the
first book of the Bible, Genesis. He noted how the
Messianic line always seemed to produce a surplus of sons,
but few daughters. Nahor, (Abraham's brother), Ishmael,
and Jacob had twelve sons each. We know that Ishmael had
at least one daughter, (who married Esau), as did Jacob, but
Nahor apparently had none. He did have one granddaughter,
however, through his son Bethuel (see Genesis 22:20-21). It
dawned on my friend that there could have been only one
candidate who could fulfill the qualifications laid down by
Abraham for a bride for his son Isaac, "Go to my country
and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac."
(Genesis 24:4). No wonder Abraham's servant asked, "What
if the woman is unwilling to follow me to this land?"
Genesis 24:5). He had only one chance to get it right!
Everything that God had promised to Abraham, the entire
Messianic line and the destiny of the world, hung on the
agreement of one woman to walk away from her family,
forsake and leave behind everything she knew, forgo the
certainties of the settled city life for the dubious honor of
becoming the wife of a nomad, an alien in a strange land
without a square cubit of land to call home! The amazing
thing is that when the stakes are really high, God doesn't
necessarily expand the options. On the contrary, He more
often narrows them down to just one. That is not an
accident, it is God's design.
Think of a time you may have been deeply lost in sin.
At the point you realized you needed help, did your options
expand or decrease? Based on my own experiences, my
options decreased. There were only two choices: good or
evil. Given my true heart and desire for righteousness, that
choice became narrowed to one. The choices were to either
reach for God, or remain entrenched in sin, something I
wanted no part of.
There are no coincidences when it comes to spiritual
matters. The only confusion lies in our understanding of
God's abilities, which are boundless!
[ by Melanie Schurr, Copyright © 1998 (DWwriter@webtv.net) -- from 'Daily Wisdom' ]
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