Tozer Devotional

Sat, February 10, 2018

Those Inexplicable Coincidences

I recall still another personal experience during my early Christian life as an unsettled young man. Actually, I was doing some "bumming around," as we used to say. I was away from home, away from the church and away from everything that was right. I would spend weekends "riding the rods." I had little money, and I would hitch free rides on the freight trains, riding the rods under the boxcars.

The Lord chose a particular Sunday to teach me the lesson I had to learn. I do not remember now which town was involved, but I was involved and so was the Lord. The freight train slowed down, then braked to a stop. The car that I was riding halted directly alongside a church yard. The train had hardly stopped when the church bells began to ring. They rang more loudly and more insistently than any bells I have heard before or since!

I have sat under strong preaching, but never has a preacher laid conviction on my soul like those church bells did that Sunday morning. I do not know if they were Methodist or Presbyterian or Anglican church bells. But they reminded me that I should not be riding freight trains. Rather, I should be back where I belonged. And, believe me, very soon I was back where I belonged—and straightened out spiritually, too!

How was all of that arranged? The right day, the right hour, the right place. If I had walked up to the engineer to inquire if he was an angel, he probably would have smiled, spit some tobacco juice over the cab window sill and replied, "Not that I know of!" But this I am sure of: when that engineer put on those brakes, it was by the providence of God that I would be halted practically in a church yard, with the bells pleading, "Go back, young man! Go back, young man."


You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit. Job 10:12


To others they are mere coincidences. To us God-designed happenings—life pieces fitting together at just the right time and place, spiritually as well as physically and emotionally. Providences!


I give You thanks, O God, for those providentially ordered events, persons, provisions You have sent at just the right time.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Jesus, Our Man in Glory Chapter 5 - Jesus, Lord of the Angels


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