The God Hunt

“And Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in …”  2 Kings 8:5

Have you ever been thinking or talking about someone when out of the blue they called you or you just happened to run into them?  What about being anxious about some important event when unexpectedly everything just fell into place and someone came along to help at just the right time?

A number of years ago a popular concept and practice in Christian circles was the idea of going on a God Hunt.  It was introduced through the ministry of David & Karen Mains who had a nationally known radio ministry called Chapel of the Air. The idea of a God Hunt was the challenge to daily look for evidence of God working in our lives. The premise is that God is always at work but we often miss it because our eyes are not open and we are not sensitive to recognize His activity in our lives.

The God Hunt idea is not anything new. The saints of old called it practicing the presence of Jesus. Developing an awareness of God’s presence and His ongoing intersection with our lives is the goal of every follower of Christ. When an individual surrenders their life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and invites the Holy Spirit to be their guide the expectation is that the unfolding of their life is no longer left to chance or random coincidences. Where God is concerned, there is now meaning and purpose and divine coincidences replace happenstance.

Based on that approach to life, hunting for God in our everyday lives can become an adventure. We begin to see more answers to prayer, unexpected evidence of His help and care, and unusual timing and connecting of circumstances. It is my belief, that with a God hunt mentality, every follower of Christ can experience and capitalize on divine coincidences that are orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. It is simply a matter of looking for them, responding in faith to His promptings and giving God all the credit.

A great illustration of a divine coincidence is found in 2 Kings 8:1-6. It is a little known story of a woman who is returning to Israel after a seven year hiatus in hopes of getting her house and land back. In God’s perfect timing, she just happens to approach the king with her request at the very moment Gehazi, servant of Elisha, is telling the king about her.

“Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed.  “Here is the woman now, and this is her son–the very one Elisha brought back to life!” (2 Kings 8:5) The king is flabbergasted. “’Is this true?’ the king asked her. And she told him the whole story.” (vs. 6) Long story short, he grants her request restoring her house and land plus the added bonus of financial reimbursement for the value of the crops in her absence.

Here’s the bottom line. There are no mere coincidences with God. Look for God’s hand in the unfolding of your day and you’ll discover the Holy Spirit orchestrating circumstances for your well being and His glory.

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