You call them coincidences. Situations come together and there’s an unexpected check or a conflict resolves itself without you doing anything or you get an awesome yet much needed surprise at just the right time. How great! Wow! What a coincidence!
But it’s not a coincidence. It’s a God-incidence. It didn’t just happen – God made it happen. Every day God goes ahead of me, working things out for my good. When I get to tomorrow, he has already been there, taking care of the details and organizing blessings for me.
So I can relate to King Jehoshaphat’s story when the people of Judah were being attacked by a huge combined army made up of several of their enemies. A prophet of God had just told Jehoshaphat, “This is what the Lord says to you; ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not your’s, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20: 15. Jehoshaphat believed this message from God and told his people to “Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” verse 20.
Then he appointed a group of men to go in front of his army singing praises to the LORD.
This creates a vivid picture in my mind of this army of tough, armor-clad soldiers carrying their swords and shields while men lifting praises to God marched in front of them, leading the way.
While the army of Judah was marching toward battle, God set ambushes against the enemy army. The individual armies within that enormous army started fighting amongst themselves and totally destroyed each other.
When the army of Judah got to the top of the hill that overlooked the desert where they were going to fight, all they saw were dead bodies. The battle was over and they were victorious!
A God-incident. He took care of it before they ever got there.
God often does this in my life. When I have my spiritual eyes open, I see God-incidences happening all through my life. I have learned that, when I am unsure of my next step in a situation, I need to pray to God. I trust that he’s going ahead of me – either taking care of the situation or creating an opportunity for me to say or do what I’m thinking about. So I pray….and watch…and wait…. until he moves. It’s amazing! He either works it all out for my good without me doing anything or he opens up a door for me to do or say what he’s prompting me to say. Sometimes it takes a while for it all to come together but timing is everything.
God-incidences are always the perfect thing at the perfect time.
Next time you think something is a coincidence, open your spiritual eyes and take another look.
Thank you, Abba Father.