Text: Joshua 16-18; Psalm 57
After the conquest of Canaan. Joshua sets about the task of allocating the land to the various tribes of Israel. To do so, Joshua tells the people:
And you shall describe the land in seven divisions and bring the description here to me. And I will cast lots for you here before the Lord our God. (Joshua 18:6)
With our God, there is no such thing as chance. Whenever a die is thrown or a lot is cast, it is always the Lord who determines the outcome. The coin toss at the beginning of the big game or the apparently random incidents of life are all under God’s sovereign control. Our great God does not control some things and leave others to chance. He is always in control, even of the smallest details of reality.
When we use expressions like “take a chance” or work with diligence to “leave nothing to chance,” we may be forgetting that God is in control. We might fear that there are unforeseen random things ahead that may harm us. Or, we may foolishly think that by our efforts we can take control of events out of God’s hands.
There is great comfort in acknowledging God’s sovereignty in any and all things. With Him, we cannot lose!
in Him, Mike