Text: “These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life,
even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God” (I John 5:13).

It is a fact that people often use misleading terminology. For example, “I’m going to church.”
Church is not something that we go to, it is something that we are. What we really mean is
that we are going to worship as did Abraham when he went to the mountain in (Genesis 22).

I know that I might be deemed, by some, as being too “picky.” But let me tell you that I, too,
sometimes use some misleading terms. For example, I tell people that my back hurts, which is
misleading since it is usually my hip joints (sacroiliac joints) that actually hurt.

Over the years I have heard people, usually in prayer, use the phrase, “Lord, we thank You for
the chance to,” . . . whatever. Usually it is in reference to salvation or going to heaven.

When I hear such terminology, the first thing that goes through my mind is “It is not by chance!” Having our sins removed and going to heaven are no more by “chance” than the universe came into existence by chance.

Chance is “a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances. It is an unknown and
unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another.” Notice,
chance is “a possibility.” It is “unpredictable.” It is, actually, “fortuitous or accidental.”

It is not by chance that we can have our sins removed. Salvation is a planned process. If the
plan is followed, there is no “chance” to it. It is an absolute certainty.

One does not go to heaven by “chance.” This, too, is something that has been well planned out.
If we follow the plan, there is no guesswork, or chance; it is a definite.

Relative to our text verse, Adam Clarke wrote, “it is not a blind reliance for, but an actual
enjoyment of, salvation; Christ living, working, and reigning in the heart.”

Friends, salvation isn’t guesswork. Neither is it by chance. If we are following God’s plan,
there is no need for doubt. His word and His plan are perfect and absolute. If we are depending
on “chance,” I suggest that we replace that notion with the absolute and perfect plan of God.

Hymn: “I Know God’s Promise Is True”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are so thankful for your understandable, unchanging, and perfect
plan. We are thankful that we can have complete reliance in the plan that you have set
before us. May we have the courage and faith to accept it without doubt. In Jesus’ name,

Roy Allen Crutcher, Mount Carmel, IL