2 Kings 4:8
“And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.”
A happenstance is known to be a circumstance that happens by chance. We see what some may call a Biblical “happenstance” in a town called Shunem, where a great woman constrained Elisha to eat bread. She faithfully fed him each time he passed by.
“it fell on a day”
Three times within all the pages of Scripture is this phrase found, and all within the same chapter.
Was it a happenstance that Elisha passed through Shunem that first time? No. The Lord ordered his steps to where this great woman was so that he could be fed.
She perceived that Elisha was a man of God, and would need a place to stay as he passed by often. So they made “a little chamber” just for him. They carefully furnished it with a bed, a table, a stool, and a candlestick.
2 Kings 4:11
“And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.”
Was it a happenstance that this great woman and her husband felt the need to provide Elisha a place to stay when he came? No. The Lord burdened their hearts and used them provide his need of shelter and rest.
Elisha desired to do something for this great woman for the kindness she had shown to him. His servant, Gehazi, realized that she had no child, and her husband was old. Elisha then prophesied that in a certain season, according to the time of life, she would embrace a son. Exactly what he said happened.
2 Kings 4:18
“And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.”
The child had a health issue. His father arranged for the son to be sent to his mother. She knew who to ask for help…Elisha. The rest of the chapter tells the details of how the Lord used Elisha to heal her son, all because the woman had faith that He could.
Was it happenstance that the child went out to his father in the field just when he needed help? No. The Lord placed him just where he needed to be in order for him to eventually receive the help he needed.
Nothing we do is by happenstance. While it may be a fun word to say, unfortunately, when you really think about it, there is no such thing.
The chronicle of our lives is a testimony of how God cares for His children.
If we look back, we can trace His hand through every storm, every mountain top, and every valley. This should encourage us to look ahead in faith of what He will do, instead of fearful of what could possibly happen.
God directs all things according to His will.
There are no coincidences with Him.
Look for His hand of provision and direction in every moment.
The more you look for Him, the more you will find Him.
1 Samuel 24-25 | 1 Corinthians 3
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