“We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.” (Proverbs 16:33 NLT)
The Proverbs are simple, moral statements that teach profound truths about the realities of life. This Scripture is teaching us that there is no such thing as coincidence. Every part of life is under the control of God.
Everything that happens in our lives, from the number of children we have, to finding a penny on the sidewalk, has been determined by God. We must be reconciled to these things, regardless of whether they are part of our personal plan or not. Minister and Bible commentator Matthew Henry once said, “Blessed are those that give themselves up to the will of God; for he knows what is good for them.”
Understanding this concept is what allows faithful Christians to hear the voice of God every day in their lives. Have you ever said or thought this: “Wow, what a coincidence! I was just thinking about you and then the phone rang!” Once you begin to realize that coincidence is one of the ways in which God speaks to us and teaches us, you will draw the next conclusion, which is this: God has been speaking to you your entire life, whether you were a Christian or not, and you haven’t heard Him.
It’s like this. The lives we lead on Earth in the here and now are organized and arranged by God for our benefit, that we may learn to have unshakable faith in Him and to give ourselves over to Him in a relationship of love and trust. Temporal, the earthly life is surely not for God’s benefit, nor for the benefit of the angels, but for our benefit alone. This is the environment that God has chosen for us, so that we will be tempted, refined and educated. Nobody likes to hear this, but the most abstruse and intrinsic truths are learned through hardship and persecution, so we will all experience these things (Mark 9:49 NLT). This is what old-timers used to call “the school of hard knocks.”
Therefore, it’s important to hear God when He speaks to us. He will counsel us and lead us during this training process, like the loving Father that He is (Psalm 32:8). So, the next time you experience a “coincidence,” listen up and pay close attention, because God may be telling you something.
Read: Psalm 119:65-72
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Faith to Receive on March 2nd, 2019 - Watch Sermon