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In Christian perspective, no such thing as chance
CAROLINE L. BELTRAN, Baguio City

Tossing a coin, drawing straws, or taking a number out of a box have been ways of solving disputes. I read of an election in the U.S.A. where two leading candidates each received 150 votes. Rather than going through the expense of another election, city officials used a chance method to decide the winner. Eventually, everyone accepted the outcome. Proverbs 18:18 of the Bible was proven to be true: “Flipping a coin can end arguments; settles disputes between powerful opponents.”

Many people in our world today view this as nothing more than a matter of chance. But the amazing thing about the word of God calls “casting lots” is that the Lord is ultimately the One who controls the outcome of superstitious and unbelieving actions.

From the perspective of the Christian, there is no such thing as chance – no tsamba, no malas, no swerte. God is either directly or indirectly involved in everything that happens to us. He can therefore be trusted and be obeyed in any circumstance, because even the smallest details are under His control. Because God is in control, we have nothing to fear as we welcome the New Year.

As we welcome 2018, let us believe that things do not just happen to those who love God. All things are planned by the love of God. All things are planned by the Lord, then molded, shaped and timed by His clock. Things do not just happen. They are planned.

What a comfort to know that nothing happens apart from the will of our heavenly Father. Under God’s sovereign control, evil can be turned around to accomplish His good purposed in us.

We can trust and praise the Sovereign God. We know that His design is perfect, His timing is exact and that He is in complete control.

In 2018 and in the coming years, we can be sure that our times are in God’s hands. No matter what may happen in this world, God still rules. He brings showers of blessing out of storms of adversity.

Psalm 148:13 tells us that we are to praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heavens. Amen.

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