5. December, 2017Devotionals, Featured Comments Off on Coincidence or Appointment?

“Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.” Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NLT)

“What a coincidence!” is a remark we often hear or make when unexpected things happen. But are these situations really coincidences, or are they circumstances that God allow to come our way to bless us? There are days when we awake and the sky is beautiful. As we begin to move from task to task, things fall into place smoothly – the traffic is great, our coworkers are fabulous, and we are fulfilling our duties at work with clarity and speed. The day may even get better when we receive news of a promotion or when we receive a clean bill of health from our doctors. We enjoy these days.

Our key text for today reminds us that God is a mysterious but powerful God. While we cannot understand the mysteries of God pertaining to a baby growing in the womb, likewise we cannot understand everything about all that God does in our lives. There are days when things will go well, but then there are those days when things seem to fall apart.  The medical results may not be good, the children might be misbehaving, the unpaid bills may be piling up, or the car just stopped working. God is with us in the midst of all these situations.

As with the story of Job, we see that Satan is often behind much of the travails we face, but God is still ultimately in control. So let us fight the doubt and discouragement that Satan throws at us. We cannot forget that all that God does and permits is for our benefit. While we do not understand all that happens in our lives, we must learn to trust God and know that both our successes and joys, as well as our disappointments and failures are all under the watchful eye of God, and He has them all under His control. So what you think may be a coincidence may just be a divine appointment.

What will you say the next time something odd happens? Coincidence or appointment?


Taniesha Robertson-Brown is  passionate about her writing ministry. She is the author of the book Godly Families in an Ungodly World and has been an annual contributor to the General Conference Women’s Ministries Devotional book since 2013. Her most recent publication is found on page 10 of Notes of Joy.