In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
God delights in arranging coincidences. Consider your big Fourth-of-July picnic. The sun is warm and the grill is working and everyone’s bringing salad and watermelon, but unknown to you, God wants it to rain. He wants your friends to leave early before the storm hits. He wants your brother-in-law, Ed, to help you hurry the grill into the garage where you two will stand leaning against the car, listening to the downpour. There you will get into a long conversation leading into spiritual things that will eventually lead to your brother-in-law’s conversion to Christ.
How does God pull this off? Earlier in the day, it may have been warm, but five miles above your house a polar jet stream was bringing colder air from the northwest. Yesterday, the jet stream was 200 miles north, but a disturbance over the Canadian Rockies three days ago pushed it your way. What caused the disturbance? Merely a complicated sequence of atmospheric twists and the proper Pacific Ocean water temperature three weeks ago. Yet that temperature was being affected back in April. Whew! God has been thinking about your brother-in-law for a long, long time.
God is doing the exact same thing with people all over the country who need a little sunshine – or rain – to further the Lord’s work in their lives. How does God manage it all? He does it totally naturally. But it’s mind-bogglingly complicated. These sorts of divine coincidences happen every day – today, meditate on how He works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will in your life.
God of wonder, I cannot begin to fathom the way you work in this world to advance your purposes, but thank you for running things. I submit my will to you, happy to know that your plan for me is perfect.