Have you ever had a divine appointment? I have had more than a few in my life. One happened over the weekend. Some might call the events of the day merely coincidence, but I know better. Only God could be creative enough to combine several seemingly unrelated parts of the day to send ME a message. And while each of those experiences was critical to my divine appointment, none of them alone, without the others, would have grabbed my attention. It was the combination that stopped me in my tracks.
Yes, this time, God made it so obvious He brought circumstances together in such a way that I couldn’t attribute the result as being anything other than a divine appointment. That, in fact, is what makes an appointment divine! Yet I wonder how often God is directing my path — and has such an appointment waiting for me — but I’m simply not tuned in to Him and completely miss what could have been? I shudder to think how many times this may have happened, my friends.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives. Psalm 37:23
Psalm 37:23 reminds me that God directs my steps. In other words, He literally has a plan for my day! In My Utmost for His Highest, the amazing Ozwald Chambers says, “God is the Great Engineer, creating circumstances to bring about moments in our lives of divine importance, leading us to divine appointments.” The question is, do I look at the circumstances of my day as engineered by the Lord? Or do ignore circumstances ordained by God if they appear to be interruptions to MY plans and agenda?
Sometimes divine appointments are found in situations that are challenging or difficult, yet a clear understanding of God’s blessing is the result. An example of this is in the Old Testament book of Esther. Don’t you just love a bible story that has intriguing characters, a great plot, and a heroic ending? This is one of my favorites
The book of Esther records the story of a wicked man name Haman, the second highest i in the kingdom. Haman, like Hitler, wanted to annihilate the Jewish race. Much of his anger was e by Mordecai, a Jewish man who refused to honor him. Using a deceptive plot, Haman received permission from the king to murder God’s people. Now the king was married to Queen Esther, who, unbeknownst to king, was a Jew. Furthermore, Mordecai had been Esther’s guardian. When Mordecai heard of Haman’s plot, he quickly went to Esther and pointed out the obvious:
If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives
will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just
such a time as this?
The story ends well for God’s people. Esther outwits Haman by petitioning the king, pleading for protection of her Jewish people from Haman’s wicked scheme. The king then orders Haman himself to be hung on the very gallows which he had built to destroy all the Jews. Because of Ester’s faith and courage, her people are saved. Divine appointment for Esther? I believe so!
I don’t know about you, but I’m ALL FOR divine appointments! I’ve never had one that wasn’t a welcome blessing, a delight. My spiritual eyes are open. I never want to miss another one!
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