And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house. Acts 16:31
Disappointment—His appointment,” Change one letter, then I see That the thwarting of my purpose Is God’s better choice for me.
What if we really had a perfect life? What if sin had never entered into our lives? What is Adam and Eve would have actually been obedient… you know like you, and like me? I’m funny, I know. God actually has a perfect timing for our lives, and He has divine appointments in place for us to meet certain people, and to walk through different doors. But if God gave us a hint, maybe the closer we get. Or maybe if He could shout from heaven, “stay the course! Don’t turn that way! God this way!”
But He doesn’t. And that’s why to be spirit led is so vital for us in this walk, and it is an every day matter. The apostle Paul was actually arrested, but God had a divine appointment waiting for Him in prison. Some people say that Paul took the opportunity to stay in order to save the man’s life, but I think Paul recognized that it was God’s divine will which wanted him to wait and not run out jail for freedom. They praised and the chains broke off, miracle number 1. They were able to escape, to be free men and go freely preach the gospel, miracle number 2. But it was all too good to be true, God had a plan with that guard. Paul was able to discern that.
It reminds me of Abraham’s servant meeting Rebekah at the well. Before Abraham passed away, he made his servant promise to find Isaac a wife. And when the servant went on his way he was very burdened with this task obviously, he took these orders seriously, he prayed and asked to lead him and to confirm who this female would. If you read Genesis 29:10, you would learn that when he waited at the well, Rebecca came and actually performed what the servant had prayed as confirmation. This was too good to be true, and this was a God appointment.
A divine appointment:
- an incident or meeting that might initially seem to be random but is soon recognized as having been caused by God, because it seems too good to be true.
- An apparently coincidental encounter or event that has actually been caused by God for a specific purpose. This purpose may be obvious during the encounter, or the purpose may become apparent only some time later.
- an arrangement to meet someone at a particular time and place; meeting, engagement, interview, session
- an act of appointing; assigning a job or position to someone
Lord God, teach us the way in which we should walk (Psalm 143:8). We pray for wisdom and discernment, to not miss your divine times and appointments, and also to make ourselves ready. I thank you for this word, and I pray for joy in each person’s heart. May they know that you direct our steps, if we allow you to. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.