I've grown up hearing this and even saying this myself.
But, just like most things I've grown up hearing and saying, there comes a point where I must decide if I really, truly believe it for myself.
And this is one statement I must say that I have taken as my own.
I don't believe in coincidence.
I do believe everything happens for a reason.
I do not believe that things happen by "mere chance..."
Even though I may not understand what that reason is...I may not understand why...but I believe that there is a reason for it.
Lately there have been things that have happened in my life that I don't exactly know why they've gone they way that they have, but I have ultimate peace knowing that God is in control. He's not surprised by what is going on...and I believe He has either allowed it or caused it to go the way that it has.
This is where faith comes in to action.
This is where patience comes in to action.
This is where peace comes in to action.
I believe the promises that God made in the Bible...the promises like Jeremiah 29:11...
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.I believe that!! I believe God doesn't want to harm me...He wants to give me a hope and a future.
I also believe that God loves me, that He has my best interest in mind.
So, when things don't go the way that I think they should, instead of getting frustrated, I should just have peace, remain calm, and know that God is doing something...
It's not a coincidence...it's God working in my life!