There Are No Accidents
June 25, 2019

There Are No Accidents

It’s not heritage that determines who we are, it’s who we are in the Lord. 

Jephthah was “a child of shame.”  He was born to a prominent citizen, but not from his wife, but by another woman. And so ugly names were flung at him, and because of his mother he was denied any inheritance (Judges 11:1-2). 

Jephthah was what some call an accident. He was unplanned, unwanted, and unloved.

In the article “You Are Not an Accident,” Rick Warren says, “Your birth was no mistake or mishap and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did.”

To Jeremiah, the Lord said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

Our problems and parentage should never describe who we are; rather we should be described by God’s promises. Jephthah’s name means “one who breaks through.” Jephthah didn’t allow his problems to dictate who he was. He was a mighty man of valor. 

God never calls us by our problems or conditions. He has new and better names for us. We should never believe in the world’s definition of who we are. Instead we should believe in God’s definition and live our lives based upon His word.

Rather than living life based on our shortcoming and inabilities, we should live life based upon what Jesus did at the cross. When we come into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ we are a son or daughter of the Most High God, and a partaker of His wonderful promises of an abundant life now and an eternal life in heaven.

God set us apart and made us special. Before we were even born, before we were even conceived, before we were even a gleam in our parents’ eyes, God knew and set us apart for His glory and good work (Jeremiah 1:5). 

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