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Divine Coincidence

Divine Coincidence


G. K. Chesterton once observed, “Coincidences are spiritual puns.” In other words, what we view as coincidence may be God’s intervention in our life. Today’s passage describes a series of coincidences in Saul’s life that turned out to be divine appointments. We also get a glimpse into this future king’s character.

Saul’s appearance was striking. He was tall and “as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel” (v. 2). He was also a son of privilege. Saul’s father was “a man of standing” (v. 1). After an unfruitful three-day search for his father’s lost donkeys, Saul suggested that they call it off. Saul’s decision began a series of divine coincidences that led to an encounter with God’s prophet. Saul just happened to decide to end the search near the town where Samuel lives. They arrived on a day and at the time when Samuel was about to officiate an important sacrifice. They ran into a group of women who could tell them where to find the prophet. There were too many coincidences for it to be anything but a divine appointment.

Indeed, verse 15 indicates that none of this was accidental. God had orchestrated the whole thing to move His plan forward. But there were also storm clouds on the horizon. The fact that Saul did not know anything about Samuel, combined with his reluctance and passivity, was a foreshadowing of the kind of king he would eventually become. On the surface, Saul looked like the perfect choice for a king. He had a strong pedigree. What they could not know was that Saul was deficient in faith.

>> What may appear to be a happy coincidence in your life could actually be God’s divine intervention. This is another reason to place our full confidence in God: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5–6).

Pray with Us

What we may view as coincidences are, in reality, God’s work in our lives. Ask God to show you how He is working in your life, even in small events, and thank Him for His guiding hand over your destiny.

BY Dr. John Koessler

John Koessler is Professor Emeritus of Applied Theology and Church Ministries at Moody Bible Institute. John authors the “Practical Theology” column for Today in the Word of which he is also a contributing writer and theological editor. An award-winning author, John’s newest title is When God is Silent: Let the Bible Teach You to Pray (Kirkdale). Prior to joining the Moody faculty, he served as a pastor of Valley Chapel in Green Valley, Illinois, for nine years. He and his wife, Jane, now enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan.

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