I almost ran over someone yesterday! He just stepped off the kerb when i was doing 70 kph. I braked hard and the car skidded to a halt ... i missed him by a hair's breadth!
Both Leander and i were silent with shock. Then i broke the silence with, 'Thank you Lord!"
Later, i told Leander that although i was blameless in this instance, the first thing the police would have done was to lock me up! Whilst in the lockup, the decision could go either in my favour or against me! (Depends on the social position of the injured/dead!). My destiny would have changed in that accident!
Several years ago, i read about those who were saved from getting killed inside the World Trade Centre buildings on 9/11. One had gone to drop his kid to school because she had missed her school bus. Another had gone out to bring breakfast for his colleagues since it was his turn for the task. Yet another stayed home because of a headache. But then, look at the flip side of things ... the firemen who lost their lives. They must have been chatting about the birds and the bees before they responded to the distress call. Even whilst they entered the building, they would never have thought of a total collapse of the building! THEIR DESTINY CHANGED! MOST OF US WOULD CALL THEM 'ILL-FATED'!
A typical response to a belief in fate is resignation—if we can’t change destiny, then why even try? Whatever happens, happens, and we can’t do anything about it. This is called “fatalism,” and it is not biblical.
Fatalism is a major premise of Islam, which demands total submission to the sovereignty of Allah. It is widely held in Hinduism, too; in fact, it is a fatalistic view of life that helps keep India’s caste system in place. Again, fatalism is not a biblical concept!
The Bible teaches that God is in charge. At the same time, He has given us the freedom to obey or disobey Him, and there are some things that God does only in answer to prayer (James 4:2).
God blesses the obedient, and He is patient with those who disobey, even to the point of seeming laxity. He has a plan for our lives, which includes our happiness and His glory both in this world and in the world to come. Those who accept Christ as Savior have accepted God’s plan (John 14:6). From then on, it’s a step-by-step following of God’s best for us, praying for His will to be done (Matthew 6:10), and avoiding the sidetrack of sin (Psalm 32:1-11;119:59;Hebrews 12:1-2).
You may still not understand why bad things sometimes happen to good people but then if you are following Joshua 1:8, then your path WILL BE PROSPEROUS! If in your obedience in doing the will of God takes you through a process of untold hardships (Read about Joseph in Gen 37, or the book of Job!), then know that he will also deliver you out of the same!
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" - Romans 8:28.