As followers of Christ, there are times when we are faced with decisions that will reflect whether we truly believe and have faith or reflect we don’t live what we say we believe and have little to no faith. I just went through one of those times.
Faith in Christ is not only about the things we choose to believe but also about the things we choose not to believe in. One of the things I no longer believe in is coincidence. Coincidence can be defined as “a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent casual connection.” If you are a follower of Christ and believe that God is who He says He is, then how can anything be a coincidence?
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NV).
We are so consumed with time. Whether it be getting somewhere for something or looking forward to a certain day, we are constantly looking at our watches and calendars. All the while missing the small intricate details that God is weaving into our lives. Do you really think it a coincidence that you sat next to a certain person at the doctor’s office or on an airplane? Was it just a coincidence that you ran into that person on that day? Was it just a coincidence you thought of someone only to have them call you?
While we are shuttling through life at breakneck speed, God is meticulously weaving opportunities into our daily lives. Will you take a minute, take a breath and consider what is going on around you? Will you take off the blinders and consider that the unexpected problem you are experiencing could be an opportunity that God has given you?
“I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” Isaiah 45:5-7 (NIV).
Months ago, God led a man and his family to join a church. That man would eventually become part of a men’s group. He would get involved and develop new friendships, encouraging and praying for his new brothers. Someone outside the group would give him a book that made an impact on his life. He in turn would give a copy of that book to one of those new brothers on a Sunday morning. That book would be received on the exact day that man needed to start reading that book because he was facing a crisis of faith. It would only take a few chapters to encourage that man to step out in faith and do what he knew God wanted him to do. Coincidence? I know it’s not. Because I am the man he gave the book to that needed to quit letting the lion chase him and start chasing the lion. Thank you Steve for your faithfulness.
He had no idea what I was going through but he was faithful to do what God led him to do. Just another moment of God weaving an opportunity that would bring Him glory. More than what we can accomplish or the wealth we can accumulate are the opportunities God gives us to be a part of his sewing or sowing into others lives. Has God been leading you to give someone a book, or call someone, or write someone a letter? Has God given you an opportunity to bring glory to Him but it was missed because busy got in the way? Chances are He has. While those opportunities may have been lost, another is just around the corner.
“In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10 (NIV).
There is a line in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption,” when Andy Dufresne tells Red, “I guess it comes down to a simple decision: Get busy living, or get busy dying.” As followers of Christ we should be busy living our faith, if we aren’t then we are just busy dying. How sad to choose death when we have been given life by the Creator of all creation.
If we believe that God is who He says He is, then there are no coincidences. So when that next crisis of faith comes, know that it’s not by chance and that there is only one decision you can make. No matter what other options you think you may have, and the Adversary can make you think that there are other options, actually living out the words you claim to believe is the only option. And the next time God prompts you to do something or brings someone to your mind, remember it’s not chance, its God inviting you to be part of His cosmic sewing class.
So this Christmas as you enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate the greatest gift of love, Jesus, and look for the other gifts, the opportunities to bring glory to God.
We are either running from or to the Cross, get busy doing one or the other.
- Romans 8:28
- Revelation 4:11
- Joshua 1:9
- Isaiah 14:24
- Jeremiah 32:27