Not A Coincidence

In II Kings 8:1-6 we find the story of how the Shunnamite woman, whose son Elisha had raised from from the dead, had been gone from the land of Israel for 7 years during a famine, but was returning to appeal to the King of Israel for the restoration of her property. What happened when she returned was no “coincidence.”

Verse 4 tells us that the King of Israel was asking Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, to relate to him the deeds of God through Elisha, and verse 5 says “As he was relating to the king how he had restored to life the one who was dead, behold the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and for her field. And Gehazi said, ‘My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.'”

Needless to say, the next verse tells us that the king did indeed restore the woman’s field to her! But what is important for us to consider is that it was no “coincidence” that Gehazi was telling the King of Israel the woman’s story when she appeared. This was God’s providence. He timed this meeting perfectly, bringing together the king, Gehazi, and the woman all at the same moment, in order to accomplish the restoration of the woman’s property. Ephesians 1:11 says that He “works all things after the counsel of His will.”

And we should understand that God still does the same kinds of things today. You did not just “happen” across a certain person at just the right time; God has a reason for it. It was not just “luck” that things came together a certain way — God is orchestrating our circumstances, for His reasons and purposes. When things happen for you like they did for the Shunnamite woman, make sure you see it for what it is: the hand of God, not a “coincidence”!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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