What are the Chances?

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 8, Daniel 12, Psalm 119:49-72, 1 Timothy 5.

“4 Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, ‘Tell me all the great things that Elisha has done.’ And while he was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, ‘My lord, O king, here is the woman, and here is her son whom Elisha restored to life.’ And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed an official for her, saying, ‘Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now.'” 1 Kings 8:4-6


What are the chances Elisha would run into a widow woman, just as she was running out of flour and oil?

What are the chances Elisha’s body could restore life to this same woman’s dead son?

What are the chances this woman would be told to leave for 7 years for a famine?

What are the chances that, at the end of a 7 year famine, Elisha’s servant and the king “just so happened” to be talking about this woman?

What are the chances that, as Elisha’s servant and the king are talking about this woman, she approaches the king for her land?

What are the chances of the king restoring to her all that was originally hers?

Think about it: What are the chances of a woman who had been gone for 7 years – a widow woman no less whose name is unknown – was being talked about to the king at the precise moment she came to him for land? What are the chances the king and Elisha’s servant are even talking at that moment? What are the chances that the king would ask about Elisha’s works at that very moment? That’s insane! The woman had been gone for 7 years! That’s 84 months. That’s 364 weeks. That’s 2,555 days. That’s 61,320 days. That’s . . . a long time. And it “just so happened” that the at the very moment the king was hearing about this woman from Elisha’s servant, she walked up.

What are the chances? With God – 100%.

I am not sure who first coined this phrase, but it’s a good one. With God, the chances of things like this happening are 100 percent.

Think about this: What are the chances you are where you are right now, living where you are living, doing what you are doing?

Anything that happens to you today – anything – is a 100 percent chance because there is no real “chance” with God. He is directing and orchestrating and working and organizing everything – everything – to work for His glory and your joy.

The “good” that happens to you today is designed by God. The widow woman got all that was hers by the king.

The “bad” that happens to you today is arranged and/or allowed by God. The widow woman had to move to Philistine country for 7 years.

The point? God is at work all around you, in every detail, arranging things for a reason and a purpose. He wants you to see and find and enjoy Him in it. He wants you to know Him and His ways in all of life’s events. What happens to you today isn’t just “by chance.” It is “by God” – because He loves you. . . big time.

“The earth, O LORD, is full of Your steadfast love. . .” Psalm 119:64


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