It seems like almost every day we face an unexpected event. Of course some events are more serious than others, but these unexpected happenings either make or break our day. But, if we think about it, many unexpected things could have been avoided if we took God’s spiritual law of sowing and reaping seriously. Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” What you sow today determines what you reap tomorrow.
In Matthew 13:24-30 , there is a parable about tares and wheat. While the farmer slept, an enemy sowed tares in the midst of the wheat, so at harvest time he was shocked to see tares, but the parable is meant to show that because he fell asleep and didn’t pay attention, the tares were able to be sown.
Although this parable is in the context of an agricultural society, it is also true for us. We are “sleeping” when we don’t watch the seeds (words) we sow. Proverbs 18:20 says words produce fruit: “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.” So the bad harvest (words that are like tares) is expected, not unexpected.
Your life right now is the sum total of all your words about yourself and your destiny. Take inventory of the words you release into the atmosphere. Words from your heart and out of your mouth release life or death over your destiny, as it says in Proverbs 18:21 , “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Unexpected events can be avoided in the future by disciplining your tongue. Release today what you want to see happening in the future, because what you sow today, you will reap tomorrow.
Now.... what about the truly unexpected events in your life that you are not responsible for? Here are a few points to consider when dealing with them:
1. God Is Sovereign. Not every problem will be removed, but can be used for your good. God’s desire is not to kill you or let Satan kill you. He is in the character-building business: building the character of Christ in you. Trust His sovereignty because He loves you and ultimately controls your destiny. Romans 8:28 ,” And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. “
2. Know When To Resist. If what you are going through is outside of the will (word) of God, if it is contrary to His purposes for your life and has Satan’s fingerprints all over it..... you MUST resist! If you are not sure and fear you will miss God, trust the Holy Spirit to show you for sure in the Word. James 4:7 , “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. “
3. Trust In God. In the parable of the wheat and tares, the tares were allowed to grow until harvest season, when they would be separated from the wheat. Some unexpected things cannot be changed, like a lost loved-one or if something important is taken away from you. In those cases we can only trust in God and let Him use it for our good. Proverbs 3:5 , “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;”
4. Thank God In All Things. 1 Thessalonians 5: 18b, “in everything give thanks”. Notice it says to thank God IN everything, not FOR everything. God is there with you even in the unexpected, and if God is with you.... no weapon formed against you will prosper!
Conclusion. Unexpected things will always occur; they are part of life itself. But, they do not have to stop God’s destiny from being fulfilled, if we handle the unexpected correctly.