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Session 12

Coincidence? I think not.

Read: 1 Samuel 9

Have you ever had something happen that you just couldn't quite explain? Something you chalked up to coincidence.

Maybe it’s how you met your spouse. You happened to be on the same flight. You thought you were being nice giving up your spot for someone who wanted an aisle seat. Instead, you were being repositioned so you could meet your spouse. Coincidence? I think not.

Every step we take has been carefully thought out and orchestrated by God.

On the surface, 1 Samuel 9 looks like a coincidence. At the beginning of the chapter, Saul is on a scavenger hunt looking for his father's lost donkeys. The search comes to a stalemate, so Saul sets out to get help finding the lost donkeys. His quest brings him to the prophet Samuel, who God had told that Saul would be coming and to anoint him as king over Israel. What seemed like a wild goose chase was part of God’s plan to put Saul where he needed to be to discover his next step. What looked like coincidence was providence.

Many times, what feels like aimlessly wandering through life, or chasing after donkeys, is God's repositioning us to experience the miraculous. God is always at work in our lives, just like He was in Saul’s. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

We can take heart in knowing that God has a plan for our lives and wants what is best for us. Nothing is by chance. Psalm 37:23 (KJV) says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” Every step we take has been carefully thought out and orchestrated by God. What we see as coincidence is really His providence.

Reflection:

  • Take a few minutes to look back on your life. Are there any instances you chalked up as coincidence but were actually God’s providence?
  • Often we miss God’s work in our lives because we’re looking for other things, like donkeys. What’s one step you can take to be more intentional with your day today?

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When hope seems unattainable

When hope seems unattainable

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2

What if your kids aren’t really yours?

What if your kids aren’t really yours?

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3

Miracles are more than moments

Miracles are more than moments

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4

But God, I don’t want to

But God, I don’t want to

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5

Only God can judge me

Only God can judge me

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6

How do I know if God’s calling me?

How do I know if God’s calling me?

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7

Ask this when fighting a losing battle

Ask this when fighting a losing battle

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8

Kill your idol, before it kills you

Kill your idol, before it kills you

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9

Repentance is more than being sorry

Repentance is more than being sorry

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10

How to walk forward in faith

How to walk forward in faith

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11

Do you blend in?

Do you blend in?

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12

Coincidence? I think not.

Coincidence? I think not.

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13

You can be forever changed

You can be forever changed

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14

When what god asks feels impossible

When what god asks feels impossible

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15

Not all anger is sinful

Not all anger is sinful

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16

It’s not too late to change

It’s not too late to change

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17

When impatience wins

When impatience wins

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18

Who can you count on?

Who can you count on?

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19

Bite your tongue

Bite your tongue

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20

“But God, what if I did this?”

“But God, what if I did this?”

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21

No more excuses

No more excuses

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22

You can’t unsee this

You can’t unsee this

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23

I don’t want to be here anymore

I don’t want to be here anymore

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24

The long road to an overnight success

The long road to an overnight success

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25

Overcoming overwhelming obstacles

Overcoming overwhelming obstacles

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26

The danger of jealousy

The danger of jealousy

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27

Why do my motives even matter?

Why do my motives even matter?

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28

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

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29

How to choose between competing loyalties

How to choose between competing loyalties

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30

How to have joy in hard times

How to have joy in hard times

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31

I never thought I’d do that

I never thought I’d do that

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32

Is opportunity a sign of God’s approval?

Is opportunity a sign of God’s approval?

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33

When you want revenge

When you want revenge

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34

Have you ever forgotten to say thank you?

Have you ever forgotten to say thank you?

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35

When revenge kills

When revenge kills

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36

How to prevent regret

How to prevent regret

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37

Between a rock and a hard place?

Between a rock and a hard place?

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38

How to get your next big thing

How to get your next big thing

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39

What happens when your plans fall apart?

What happens when your plans fall apart?

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40

Who to blame when things go wrong

Who to blame when things go wrong

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41

Disobedience always has consequences

Disobedience always has consequences

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