Friday, May 23, 2008

Making the Most of Opportunities

Opportunity Knocking: Part 5

God loves to come through at the bleakest of hours. One could say that it is His M.O. That is why we needn’t get discouraged about our situation, God can use us to make a difference, but for that to happen we need to respond in faith. God isn’t just give us people and provide us with money if we have not demonstrated that we are good stewards of what He provides. He isn’t going to step in and do things for us that He requires us to do ourselves. The response of faith is crucial if we expect God to show up.

My favorite Old Testament story is found in 1 Samuel 14. This is another time Israel found themselves in a bleak situation. God has anointed Saul king and has given him the responsibility of kicking out the occupying Philistines. Saul’s army, because of fear, dwindles down to 600 and the entire army has two swords between them. Saul had one and Jonathan had another.

One night while Saul was paralyzed with fear and hiding, Jonathan took his young armor bearer and said: “Let’s go pick a fight.” Jonathan knew that God would deliver the Philistines into their hands, but first Israel needed to be spurred into action. Jonathan doesn’t know if he will live or die he hopes that his actions will get the recent of the army to do something. This is what Jonathan told his armor bearer before embarking on this suicide mission.
6 Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few. (1 Samuel 14:6, ESV)

It may be that the LORD will work...Jonathan doesn’t know what will happen, he just knows that without faith there is not hope that God will show up. Stepping out in faith means that their is a possibility that God will show up and do a miracle.

I can’t say for certain that if we step out in faith then our church family will continue for years to come. I can say that if we don’t step out in faith then our doors are already as good as closed. God responds to people of faith. Are we people of faith?

Here is what I want us to remember this series of ponderings: Every situation provides an opportunity to share Jesus with others. We need to look at our situation, as hopeless as it may look, as an opportunity to make a difference for Jesus. Who can we tell about Jesus? How can we love people? What can we do for the community that we are a part of? When we make the most out of our situations we seize the opportunity to live out our faith in the real world and we provide God with the opportunity to show up.

  • Point to Ponder: Every situation provides an opportunity to share Jesus with others.
  • Passage to Remember: 1 Samuel 14:6
  • Question to Consider: Are you making the most of the opportunities God has given you?

1 comment:

Tom said...

Great post! Paul. Your church folks need to read it!

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