Incidents…Not Accidents


Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.(Matthew 10:29-31)

If a sparrow does not fall to the ground outside of the Father’s care, is there anything that is happening to you right now that is outside of the care of your Father in heaven? I think not!

To the unbelieving world, life simply looks like a series of never-ending accidents . . . one accident after another accident after another accident. To the naturalist who does not believe in God, life appears to be a random roll of the dice. Some rolls work out in your favor and others do not. But to the child of God, everything that happens is part of God’s providential plan and nothing is outside of His care.

Think about it this way: in our verse of the day, Jesus is speaking to His disciples and preparing them for the persecution they will certainly encounter as ambassadors for the Almighty. In the book of Acts, we see our Lord’s promise fulfilled in the lives of the disciples. They suffered at the hands of both their enemies and their friends. Yet these words from Jesus were designed to encourage them with the truth that God is in control of all things. If a sparrow is cared for by God, and you are worth far more than a sparrow, you can rest assured that your Father in heaven is caring for you in both the times of sunshine and the storms.

It should be a great comfort to you today to know that nothing happens by accident in your life. “From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever!” (Romans 11:36). God is superintending and overruling all things that occur in the lives of everyone all the time. Nothing happens apart from the sovereign will of God. Life is a series of “accidents,” but rather “inspired incidents,” delivered by the will of God for two simple reasons:

Your good and God’s glory!

So regardless of where this message finds you today, remember that God is still on His throne and in control of all things. Again, ask I’ve said so many times, this does not mean you have been promised a trouble-free life on this side of the grave; you have been promised just the opposite.

“It has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him . . .” (Philippians 1:29).

You will have troubles in this life; you will walk through storms. But always remember, throughout it all, that God is for you . . . so it really doesn’t matter what comes up against you! God loves you. God cares for you. And his care never slumbers or sleeps. Let that truth fill you with His peace, the peace that passes all understanding.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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