There are three verses I would ask you to look at today, and they all have to do with this truth, there is no such thing as luck, chance or coincidence.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jer. 29:11)
If something adverse comes into your life, it is either because the Almighty has made it so or He has allowed it to, a day of great joy or sadness, of health and prosperity or loss and weakness, of pain or rejoicing, it is Christ that lives in you, and the love the Father has for the Son is the love that you receive. That third verse? “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
If these and others you personally know do not bring a great comfort into your soul, a truth without question that you are loved and protected here and forever, I do not know what else will.
The evil one cannot do one thing to us unless it is allowed by our Father, our adversary lost all power over us at the cross, but as we all know, at times and for seasons we can act and behave as errant children, going astray, led by the desires of our old sinful nature that we battle against constantly. The world my friends holds much that that part of us still wants.
The last mentioned fruit of the Spirit is self-control, and while we must always remember that these fruits are of the Holy Spirit, He offers His assistance to all who desire it, and our desire to glorify God, to lift up the name of Jesus Christ and to never dishonor Him must be greater than our desire for the things of the world, than the desires of our flesh.
God does not force virtue on any of His children, but He will chastise those who willingly go astray, those who do so with purposeful intent. The prodigal son was still fed, but not with what he would have chosen for himself, David remained King of Israel, but his peace left him, Peter went out and wept bitterly. “What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:” (Romans 9:22)
Does the Almighty protect the wicked in the same way? His rain falls upon the just and the unjust, but not His grace and mercy, Satan still has the power of death over most people. Children are not treated the same as others who do not bear His name, those who will not receive His name in their foreheads, those who will not spend eternity in His presence.
Everything that happens to you if you have been crucified with Christ happens because you are loved, no matter what it is. That is the answer you have for your brothers and sisters in Christ that say in those times of trials and troubles, “I don’t know why God is letting this happen to me.” Because He is sanctifying you, because He is making you into the image of His Son, because you are the righteousness of God in Christ, because you are loved.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1st Cor. 10:31)
There is one other verse of comfort I will offer you, trust in the truth of it, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)