Text: Genesis 18:1-14
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Galatians 6:9 NKJV
Recently, I was at a reception and someone introduced me to a 102-year-old man. Seeing such an old man still agile and very strong was inspiring to me. I considered it a rare opportunity and grace, which I must not miss. So, the next day, having gotten more details about him, I drove to his home, which was in the next town, to sow a seed into his life and to receive a blessing.
If you think deeply, you will observe that your greatest regrets in life are not the things you did wrongly or the the things you failed to do but the opportunities you missed or the things you didn’t do that you wished you had done.
God is the creator of opportunities. Often when you ask God to bless you, He responds by creating opportunities for you to be blessed. This allows you to be part of the process rather than being passive. This is the practice of faith. “… faith without works is dead?” (Jam 2:20).
God had promised to bless Abraham and Sarah with a son, so He provided them with an opportunity to draw the covenant promise. According to our text today, we see how the Lord appeared to Abraham while he was relaxing in the afternoon under the tree. Thank God, he was sensitive enough to take advantage of the rare opportunity of that divine visit. He would probably have missed that divine pronouncement if he and Sarah had not been hospitable. That divine visit ended the twenty five years barrenness and brought forth Isaac! Paul exhorted, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” (Heb 13:2).
Some have missed divinely orchestrated opportunities because of bad character. They are unfriendly, temperamental and irritable. Some are just unkind, stingy, selfish and critical. Others, because of some bitter experiences of the past, they have shut their bowel of mercy and thus missed great opportunities. The word of God says, “Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up” (Prov 6:9 CEV). This African proverb corroborates it, “If you close your eyes because of bad people around you, you will not see the good people passing by” .
Friends, have you prayed, fasted and done the needful? Pay attention to your character and patiently watch out for divine opportunities to be blessed. Use what you have to get what you don’t have. May you be sensitive to grab every God-sent opportunities today in Jesus name.
1. Father, please, remove every negative character making me to miss opportunities for blessings in Jesus name.
2. Father, please, help me to be sensitive to every God-sent opportunities to be blessed in Jesus name.
1. After praying and fasting, I wait for God-sent opportunities to receive my blessings.
2. I pay attention to my character lest I miss my God-sent opportunities.