Maybe I *am* that guy!

In my last post I pasted an Onion article lambasting people who find “God was speaking to me” messages in every mundane place. I do know people like that. They believe that God speaks to them through wrong-number phone calls, randomly found pocket change and so on. On most levels, I believe this is silly.

But on the other hand, knowing that God *does* speak to us and that “His ways are not our ways,” how else might we expect to hear His voice? My pastor is fond of saying “there are no coincidences,” and I agree with him.

With all of this in mind, since past Sunday I’ve been running into John 16:33 all over the place. That’s the one that goes:

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Today I encountered this verse on a devotionals site that sends me daily emails. (Intersted? Check out Church Growth Institute.) The verse showed up in the context of dealing with adversity…well, everywhere, but specifically in the workplace. This could not be more timely for me, for reasons into which I will not delve, but which actually have a lot to do with my having started this web log. I don’t find it coincidental that this verse keeps popping up, and I don’t believe the timing is coincidental, either. Thanks to God for the non-existence of coincidence! 🙂

Heavenly Father, God of the Universe and God among us: Thank you for the gift of your Spirit, who counsels us, gives us nudges in the right directions, and hints into the paths we should walk in order to do your will. Please keep on giving us the peace and quietness of mind that allow us to discern and recognize your voice, the strength and courage to follow your leadings, and the faith to keep on the path, even when that voice seems faint, distant or even absent.

In Jesus’ name I pray.

Amen

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