Several years ago, I was employed with a large plumbing and piping wholesaler in the capacity of Branch Manager. I had an employee who was valuable with his work ethic and customer relations in sales. His major fault in going forward toward being successful in promotion was, he couldn’t seem to make it to his desk on time in the mornings. His fellow workers would smile and snicker as he rushed in the front door each morning but there reactions never affected his tardiness. One morning when Cecil (not his real name) rushed to his desk, being late as usual, pulling out his chair with wheels and began to sit down. When he attempted this feat, his chair rolled backwards to his dismay and he found himself on his bum in the middle of the floor. Stunned at first, then embarrassed by the roars coming from those who had seen the collapse. I had just come into my office, hanging my coat on the hook when this all happened. “Cecil, come in here and lets talk”. Now would be a good time to have a serious conversation on the importance of being on time and avoiding office harassment. He sat down at the chair in front of my desk (it didn’t have wheels) and I asked him this question. “Cecil, why were you late this morning.” He looked straight into my face and said, “I got a ticket on the way to work. I was late getting up and I knew you would be angry when I got to my desk.” I knew his problem wasn’t getting the ticket but it was prioritizing his time in the morning. He could set his clock 15-minutes earlier and be successful in getting to work on time. But before I gave Cecil this suggestion, I asked him a question regarding the ticket he had received. “Was this a ‘speeding ticket’?” and his answer was”YEP, it was”. “How fast were you going?” I asked. “The cop said I was clocked at 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.” I couldn’t imagine how someone could drive in a 25 mph zone at 50 mph.; late for work or not! “So, what did you tell the police officer Cecil?” His seemingly, honest answer came back to me as though it was yesterday. That is when I began my investigative research in the blog today. “I told the cop I wasn’t aware I was driving that fast. I told him it just happened.”
“HAPPENSTANCE” : Do things just happen?
Gathering facts in detective work comes with many hazards. You either want to agree or disagree with them. As some of you read this blog over the next few days, there will be many who disagree. I have heard the statement said from the world, from Sunday School Teachers and Pastors. “Things in life sometime JUST HAPPENED”. I hope those who have this way of thinking, won’t mind if I “agree to disagree” with “things just happening”. I want to give a dictionary definition before getting started to uncover some truths in God’s Word.
HAPPENSTANCE: “a coincidence; an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental [happen + circumstance]” source was “wordnetweb”.
That is the world”s definition with regards to things just happening in life. BUT I am not satisfied with the worlds’ definition to words planted in our thought life. I want God’s TRUTHS andI turned to Romans 8:1-3. First by finding some answers to the question, “Do things just happen?”
“Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. [Jon 3:18]” Amp. Version.
“For the law of the Spirit of Life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and death.”
“For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice].”
There are laws that govern everything in life; good or bad. A law is “a known fact that leads us into a direction”. The natural law of gravity, according to Newton: ” it’s the force of attraction between any two masses; an act or process caused by this force.” This definition is found in The Law of Physics. According to the Law of Gravity, if I jump off a ten story building, my actions will cause the force of gravity to lead me to go splat on the decending mass; that would be the ground in this case. According to Romans 8:2, there are also spiritual laws to address; “The law of the Spirit of life and “the law of sin and death“. Laws govern things; both natural laws and spiritual laws. Other spiritual laws will lead us in a direction in our life also; or they should.
Genesis 8:22: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest…shall not cease.” The law of “seedtime and harvest“.
Proverbs 1:26: “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when the thing that shall cause you terror and panic.” The law of kindness.
Romans 3:27: The law of Faith.
Galatians 6:2: The law of Christ’s anointing.
“Everything that happens in my life is my fault!” That is a bold statement that most of us find hard to agree with. BUT ALL of the laws I search for in the bible fell under the two laws in Romans 8:1-2. The LAW of “spirit and life” is LOVE through Christ Jesus. The LAW of “sin and death” is fear or selfishness. I heard someone say once, “Do the do’s and you won’t do the don’ts.” Therefore, there are reasons for your situation that you are in. It is NOT “luck” or “chance”. I looked into those words we often use in our everyday conversations. The word “luck” or “lucky” comes from the word, Lucifer. Now the LAW of “spiritual life” operates under faith and contaminated faith is FEAR.
Next time I blog, I will look at how we get the power or the force from the laws of “death” and “life”. I have already started my detective work and found a clue in Proverbs 18:21. It wasn’t hard to find.