The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie
“Homily Grits Devotional” http://www.homilygrits.com/
Read Romans 9:14-34,
Sept 12“Random Chance Religion”
“I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”
Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NIV)
We are not created or saved by random chance. God has numbered the hairs on our head and numbered our days, and provides the time and the opportunity for all of us to receive eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.
When we are born again in Christ our chances are no longer random, but we are guaranteed that the times of our life for now and forever will be orchestrated and controlled by God who has promised to work all things for our good.
When we are trusting in the power and sovereignty of God we can look upon the good and bad circumstances of our lives through the lens of faith. We can know that God can and will turn evil into good and we can live in the security of His love and faithfulness.
When we choose to reject or put off God’s call to salvation, we are choosing to give up the security of God’s love for the uncertainties and doubts of living a random chance existence in an evil world.
To lean upon our own understanding and live under the control of our flesh, the world, and the evil one is living in the idolatry of random chance religion.
Father, thank You for leading me to trade my trust in random chance for the riches of trust in You and Your sovereignty. In Jesus’ name, Amen
P.S. (From bruce) Here is a link more information on God’s calling for salvation that Robert talks about above… Find out how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… http://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/gods-group-thoughts-for-7112013-the-truth-about-sin/