Not a Chance


You saw me before I was born; every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16

An author is writing an action scene for his latest manuscript: “Dorothy leaped from the window and—“. Then he realizes he is thirsty, so he lays down the pen, goes to the kitchen, and gets a drink. He gazes out the window, puts away some dishes, and then returns to his work. Picking up the pen, he continues: “—landed in the bushes below.” Although an hour has passed since he began the sentence, there is no time lapse in the character’s world. When a reader reads this book, they will see no evidence of the gap, because the author exists outside the time and space of his created world.

God works with us like that. Because He exists outside the time and space of His created world, He can record every day of our lives in His book before we live one of them. He sees the end and the beginning simultaneously. Although He placed a free will within His human characters, God is sovereign over His creation. What we often call “chance” or “coincidence,” God calls purpose. Consider these passages that put seemingly random events in a different light: Isaiah 46:9-11; Proverbs 16:33; and Exodus 4:11. 

Because we are so limited by the parameters of space and time, we don’t always understand how it all fits together. But we can trust the God who sees the beginning, the middle, and the end simultaneously. He works out the events of our lives to accomplish His ultimate plan. We have His word on it.

 Because God is outside of space and time, He can attend to your needs as if you were His only child.


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