One minister says the phrase should be applied to tragic events, not just good ones. Another suggests it shouldn’t be used at all, and Christians instead should focus on how they respond to life.
You may have used this popular phrase a few times yourself. Or maybe you’ve heard others say it when some unexpected miracle happens.
“It’s a God thing.”
Usually it involves some unbelievable circumstances behind that job promotion, new relationship or unexpected medical recovery.
Certainly it must be “a God thing.”
It’s a popular, though difficult to measure, catch phrase. A 2013 book, It’s a God Thing: When Miracles Happen to Everyday People, has spawned a Facebook page with nearly 3,300 friends.
But there are some who take issue with the phrase, or at least with how and when it is used — and when it isn’t used.
One of them is writer and Texas pastor Shane Pruitt, who recently penned an article titled “Should We Be Saying ‘It’s a God Thing?’” for Relevant magazine.
It’s always a God thing
“’It’s a God thing’ is used in Christian culture when things unexpectedly work out the way we wanted them to,” Pruitt writes.
It usually expresses surprise at some positive thing that happens to or for the phrase’s user.
The saying is also biblically accurate, because Scripture shows that God is sovereign and in total control.
“The great things that happen in our life — it’s a God thing,” Pruitt said.
But here’s where Pruitt and other ministers part ways with the popular phrase. The catch, they say, is if unexpected windfalls are God things, then so must be those unexpected inconveniences and even tragedies.
Lost a job or a spouse?
“When things don’t go our way — it’s still a God thing,” Pruitt said.
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SOURCE: Baptist News Global