Confident Faith in God Stories

STORY #5--Providential "Coincidence" on Guidance

    Posted by Klaus Issler on March 30, 2010

JESUS:     “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.’” 
(Matthew 21: 21-22)

STORY #  5:— Providential “Coincidence” on Guidance

      2.  Incredible providential “coincidences.”  Sometimes God orchestrates a convergence of factors at just the right moment to meet a need. I (Klaus) have sensed that God is calling me to a season of writing, but one always wonders if that is a reflection of personal preferences or if God also affirms that direction. One particular day about a year ago I received encouraging comments from four different persons about four different writing projects—two books already published and two books I was still in the process of writing.  Three came in the morning (an email from a colleague, an encouraging comment from my wife after reading a draft of a chapter—she counts too though she’s refreshingly biased—and a phone call from a friend informing me that Wasting Time with God had ministered to a friend of theirs.  A fourth comment arrived that evening from J. P. about our first book, The Lost Virtue of Happiness, which Larry Crabb, speaking at a evangelical seminary presidents’ gathering, had mentioned as having ministered to him.  By the time I received the third comment, I knew this was no coincidence but that God was piling up affirmations so I would notice and be encouraged. That was a great day of affirmation.

© J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler, 2008.
In Search of a Confident Faith: Overcoming Barriers to Trusting in God, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity), pp. 145.

 “True faith is never found alone; it is always accompanied by expectations.
The man who believes the promise of God expects to see them fulfilled. Where there is no expectation there is no faith.” 

A. W. Tozer

God Tells the Man Who Cares
(Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1970), 37.
Dr. Klaus Issler