Then [Abraham’s servant] bowed down and worshiped the Lord, saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.” (Genesis 24:26-27)
All throughout the Old Testament we begin to get the idea that nothing really happens by chance when it comes to God. Abraham’s servant was sent by his master to find a wife for Isaac, the son of promise. Originally questioning whether or not the hunt would be successful, the servant was surprised to find out that the Lord orchestrated the “chance” meeting with Rebekah. Moses, the credited author of Genesis, records that the meeting was not chance at all – it was ordained by God.
The message is clear: many of the experiences we have in life that we think happen by chance are really the overruling of our gracious, heavenly Father.
That person you ran into at the grocery? The chance phone call or text message? Somehow, in the midst of our free will, God orchestrates our interactions to further the advancement of His Kingdom. Is every interaction directed by Him? I’m not sure I know the answer to that question. What I do know, however, is that the more we choose to be in step with the Spirit of God, the more we see His hand at work in our lives – including the “random” things that happen to us. And when those things happen, take time to praise God just as Abraham’s servant did.
Lord, please help me to walk in step with Your Spirit and to see the ways that You work in my life on a regular basis. Help me not to dismiss any chance meeting as accidental or to view an interruption as an inconvenience, but let me trust that You are guiding my steps; let me live with a knowledge that You are orchestrating my life for Your glory, and let me praise You in the midst of it.