The Westgate attack in the Kenya Capital, Nairobi brought fear that would not go away for a long time to many. I heard many stories or testimonies of many whose lives were spared and are left grappling with questions of destiny.

A friend told me recently a testimony of would have been victim of that attack. This person is a Sabbath keeper who should have been worshiping but chose not to go to church instead was going to Westgate Mall, but for some strange reason on reaching Sarit Mall turned in instead, the news of the attack at Westgate found him at Sarit and that left disturbed with questions of life’s direction. God’s guidance is real and personal but often ignored and assumed for a way of life or fate as the worldly minded people would call it. I often tell people there are no words such as fate (referring to chance) or luck in God’s vocabulary. Christians would use these terms without thinking yet these words are brought to us by Satan who wants to instill doubts on life occurrences which are evidence of God’s care and leaving God out our existence.

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for well-being, and not for calamity, in order to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11 That does not sound like a god who is not sure, a lucky god! The same God who earlier told Jeremiah“I knew you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart for me before you were born; I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” Jer 1:5 [ISV]

Why do we gamble with a choice of God or who deserve to be worshiped? Why do we make mistakes by saying ‘all god’s are same, it does not matter where or how we worship’ and that ‘There is only one god so everyone basically is worshiping that god’? Could such above statements be true? If that be true then we are a lucky (if I may borrow the term) human race that is worshiping a god without standards and laws, who cares not how we worship him or how we conduct ourselves! No wonder some call themselves atheist and some went ahead to say we exist by a theory of chance a ‘lucky or fate theory’ called evolution and the big bang!

 We belong to either of the two dominions that of darkness(Satan) or of light which is of God. Our choices determine our placement. Am not ‘lucky’ but I providentially belong and choose to follow the God who ‘was, is and is to come;’ the Alpha and Omega. With David I say confidently For I know that the LORD [is] great, and [that] our Lord [is] above all gods. Whatsoever the LORD pleased, [that] did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. Ps.135:5-6 [KJV] We are not alive by mysterious fate but by his divine will and for a purpose.

By A. Eliamani


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