I do not believe in coincidence. Events many would describe as meaningless, do so only because they fail to discern their deeper meanings. God is either sovereign or He is not. He deposes kings and raises them up. We are granted free will within the framework of an all-powerful, all knowing and completely sovereign God. Nothing catches Him off guard nor can anything thwart His ultimate plan. Everything has meaning even if we don’t see it. Everything that is physical reverberates in the spiritual and every physical manifestation is the result of spiritual actions.
We battle not against flesh and blood and for every physical body there is a spiritual body. All of creation exists for God’s glory, all creation points to the victory at the cross and the soon return of the Messiah. When physical events mirror symbols, names and number patterns in scripture we would be wise to take notice. There is nothing new under the sun and this physical domain we perceive is temporary as is our physical operating system that houses our spirit.
We cannot understand the meaning behind everything but in habitually casting off converging patterns onto the island of coincidence we are certain to miss a lot. Hebrew has no word for coincidence and this deceptively insidious term has wormed its way in and obfuscated our ability to see the fingerprints of the Divine. Chance, luck, coincidence have no place in the mind of one who believes in a sovereign God.
The intent of the enemy is for you to remain ignorant and he uses institutions to discourage the spiritual nature of existence. I serve a God who promises to answer me when I call to Him. I serve a Creator who says it His glory to conceal a matter and my privilege to seek it out. All of existence has but one purpose, to glorify the One who created all that is both seen and unseen.
One of the ways to glorify God is to seek out His sovereign fingerprints on world events. To tell the integrated story that is His cosmic masterpiece extending from eternity past to everlasting. We are all artists, conscripted to paint His glory on the canvas of eternity. We don’t see the finished product and we make marks unaware.
The work will never be completed as His glory is unending, but we will have a deeper understanding of our role and its wonder soon. Somewhere along the journey we have become jaded, the worries of life, selfish ambition and self glorification we lose ourselves. There is but one thing that makes sense of our existence that is knowing your Creator and accepting His free gift to reconcile your fallen nature to Himself. It is only then that we begin to live.
As children we asked questions, curiosity and wonder drove us. The bombardment of a world of pleasure, driven by our insatiable lust for happiness overshadows the distorted image of who God is. God folded up into a box of a religion and distributed as a list of regulations. If I had a dollar for every time someone said “I need to clean myself up so I can get right with God.”
The order has been reversed. Get right with God by giving yourself to Him, leave the cleaning up to Him. It is here you become a new creation, the old things pass away and all things become new. Before this point you are a hamster on a wheel. Whether you are driving around the wheel in a Rolls Royce or on foot, you are chasing your tail. The only way to step outside the matrix is to drink of the living water.
You had no say about where or when you came into the world, that was determined by the One who numbered the hairs on your head. Your existence does not belong to you, it was given to you to glorify your Maker. The free will you exert to achieve your own happiness, not only falls short in itself but it separates you from the only Source of happiness.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20