Q: I wrapped my car around a tree a few months ago (going too fast), and the doctor says I easily could have died. Did God have anything to do with this? I’ve never thought much about God. — J.D.S.
A: I’m very thankful your life was spared — and yes, God had everything to do with this. My prayer is that you will learn every lesson he wants to teach you through this experience. The Bible says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
God didn’t cause this accident; you caused it by your careless driving. But God did allow it to happen, and he was with you every inch of the way, protecting you and sparing your life. In other words, you weren’t just “lucky,” nor did you just “happen” to escape death. God’s unseen hand was on you, and he kept you from serious harm.
Why did he do this? One reason was so that you would turn to him and make Jesus Christ the foundation of your life. Just as a building needs a solid foundation if it’s to be stable, so we need a solid foundation on which to build our lives. By faith turn to Jesus Christ and make him the foundation of your life.
But God also spared you because he wants to use you in the future. God loves you; the proof isn’t only that he spared you, but that Jesus Christ died for you. Don’t waste your life, but put yourself into Christ’s hands and seek God’s will for your future. The Bible says, “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again” (2 Corinthians 5:15).
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