Coincidence VS Providence

I think one of the most amazing debates in Christian circles is the idea of God’s Providence – in other words, that God has detailed plans for our lives.  Some may suggest that God has limited involvement and that your life experiences are a series of random instances that put your story in its place (coincidence).  And others believe that God has chosen your path and you have no choice in the matter.  But I believe that the Bible teaches us that God is directing the steps of our lives and providing for everything along the journey – that’s called providence!

I think that Proverbs 16 answers this age old discussion.  Listen to a few of the verses.

Proverbs 16:3:  “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”

Proverbs 16:9:  “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”

Proverbs 16:33: “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.”

Here’s what I believe:  God is providentially working in our lives for His Glory.  Listen to Psalm 37:23:  “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”  The Lord does two things for us (1) He directs – he leads us to the right places, people & positions. (2) He delights – every single thing about us brings him joy.  Why?  God created us to bring him glory.

Your life is NOT a coincidence!  God has providentially created you for a purpose!  There is something you are designed to do that no one else is able to do.  Find it.  Refine it.  Accomplish it.

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