Have you ever found yourself in the middle of something that initially looked like a coincidence? However after a while, you
found out that it was a divine appointment?
Lets look at the summary of this account:
Saul was looking for his fathers asses He then decided to look for a prophet that would tell him where his asses were, however he did not know that all this was a set up for a divine appointment. What looked like a daily routine was actually a divine appointment not knowing he was going to get ordained as a King.
1 Samuel 9: 15 -
15 Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,
16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.
17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my
18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to
day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.
20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom
is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?
21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.
23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.
24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that
which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.
25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.
26 And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.
27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he
passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.
1 Samuel 10 : 1
Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
Very interesting!. As we all look across the journey of life, we can see that some coincidences are actually divine appointments.
Psalm 37: 23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
A few weeks ago, l was looking for a certain place. I went to the nearby train station in the area, asked around but nobody seemed to know where the place was. It was one of those streets that was not marked. Nobody knew where it was. I prayed and asked the Lord for help. A few minute later l met a courier delivery man and l thought to myself, ' he must sure know where this place is'. He did try and used his stat nav to help, only to send me in the opposite direction.
As l approached a major road, l thought to myself, it cannot be here. I then saw a young gentleman crossing the road on his phone. I asked for his help and he said that he knew where l was going. He then said that he was not in a hurry and will take me to the place totally in the opposite direction of where he was going. A very rare thing in London.
As we were approaching the place, he then found out that it was the wrong place we were heading too. He then decided to get the number of the place on his phone and called for the description. I had already tried that twice and the number did not come up on my own phone.
He then said he would take me to the place. As we were walking, l was thinking to myself, what a helpful young man. I asked if he was a Christian and he said that he had never been to church before. I was shocked. I then shared the gospel with him. He was very respective to the gospel. On arrival at where l was going, l handed him a booklet explaining salvation. He was very grateful and said ' l like the sound of that'. I thanked him, and blessed him.
So what am l saying here? If the only reason why lt took me almost one hour to find the place was to meet this young man and share the gospel with him, it was worth every second. Sometimes coincidences are divine appointments.
Time will fail to tell of many of such occurrences over the many years. We do need to be discerning, the Lord moves in our every day affairs. Sometimes what we think is a coincident is actually a divine appointment. Lets stop complaining when things don't go our way, and thank Him for His workings in our every day lives.
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Matthew 7: 6
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
There are many applications of this verse to life and our Christian walk. Lets start from the natural, don't give valuable things to those that will not appreciate it. That would include giving gold jewellery to somebody that will not appreciate it. If you notice, the bible says, ' your pearl' which means anything precious to you. Have you ever given somebody something or sent them something? You don't hear from them, you have to chase them yourself to draw a thank you out of them. Did they really appreciate what they got?
Another perspective of this verse, is don't share previous dreams, visions, or experiences with those that will not appreciate it.
We need to be very careful who we share and speak certain things too.
If the Lord said this, do you not think that our Lord would apply the same principle in dealing with people? Look around you, has
the Lord brought previous people across your path? Valuable ministry gifts? Then value them and cherish them. They are in your life because you appreciate them.
Lets have a look at this scripture:
Psalm 25: 14
The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant
A secret is precious. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him not with everybody. And it is to those that fear Him that will Lord
will show His covenant.
Brethren, we have all been victims of sharing things with those that we should have not, or given things to those that do not appreciate them.
Lets take the Word of life, and live according to the instruction of Wisdom given being discerning in who we share precious things with.
Are you struggling with issues in your life? Do you feel that the Lord wants to use you in some way however you have struggles? Or are you just a Christian, you may not particularly feel any specific call however you just want to please the Lord at all times. The good news is the Lord has great plans for us all. He has designed us all for a purpose. Jeremiah 29: 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Now just imagine Peter. The Lord told Peter that he would deny him three times. Peter was so adamant that it would not happen. So many factors would have contributed to that response.
Mark 14: 27 – 33
27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
28 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.
29 But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.
30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou
shalt deny me thrice.
31 But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.
32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall
33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be
Now lets look at the above account. The Lord knows better than we do. If you knew beyond a shadow of doubt that somebody was going to deny you three times, what would you do? If you were going to pray, especially a significant prayer, would you take such a person along with you? But watch the mercy and goodness of our Lord. Jesus still took Peter.
32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to very heavy.
The Lord told his other disciples to sit down, while He took Peter, James and John with Him. Just note that, the final most important prayer He prayed during His earthly ministry, Jesus knowing very well that Peter would deny him, still took him along. What an amazing Lord! The Lord sees our hearts beyond our weaknesses.
The Lord knows our weaknesses but still delights to use us. The Lord knows that we are all ‘work in progress’ so stop being too hard on yourself. The Lord kept Peter as one of the three, despite all. And see what happened? Peter ended writing part of the bible and was also used mightily as we can see in the book of Acts (Acts 15:5). This is also a lesson for leaders that have flock and people that they mentor.
The bible says in the book of Psalms 147: 5: Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
The Lord understands our weaknesses and short comings. Is this a licence not to work on ourselves? No. The point about this article is that we are all work in progress. The Lord has called you, has plans for you, and still desires to use you. When we fail, its then we must run to the throne of grace for mercy. The Lord is not surprised when we fail for He is not caught unawares. He truly delights in us. Even as the Lord still took Peter, the Lord is still calling you. Stop being hard on yourself, respond to His love, keep close to the Lord. As the days go by as you grow up in Him, more of Christ will be formed in you. What you fell for today, will be history and no longer a temptation tomorrow. Let the Lord have His way.
Have you ever tried to help or each out to someone before and they rejected your help? You tried, but they resisted your help. To make matters worst they even perceived you as an enemy. All you wanted to do was help them.
Most people have gone through this before. Suddenly, they change their telephone number and don’t tell you. Some cut you off, others mis- understand you and start talking about you. Rejecting help is not new, you are not alone. Jesus Christ our Lord went through this during His earthly ministry and is still going through it today.
Luke 13: 34
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
Can you see the heart of the Lord? Can you see a similar pattern? The Lord sending prophets and people to help, but they get killed and stoned. While today we may not get killed and stoned, either way, our genuine and sincere help may be rejected.
I am sure most of us have heard statements like, ‘ we tried to help them but they will not let us’, they stopped taking our calls’. they stopped coming to the counselling sections, the list goes on.
So what do you do, when someone rejects our help? The reality of it is that there is not much we can do. All one can do is pray for them, hoping that it will not be too late. Man has been given a free will, and if a person refuses our help there is not much we can do. We cannot impose ourselves.
So what else can we do? Sometimes sad but true, we can only sit back and watch the consequence of the help that was rejected. Painful but true!.
So does that mean we should stop helping others? No not at all. When a person rejects our help, we must not take it personally, just pray, release it, and let it go. Move on, and be a help to someone else.
So what is the conclusion? We are not to impose ourselves on others however severe the consequence of their rejecting help may bring. As we walk along the journey of life, some will receive help and support from us while some will not.
The Lord is our righteousness, and He has become our righteousness ( 1 Corinthians 1: 30) , however we do have a responsibly to live unto righteousness. To live anyhow and claim that we are the righteousness in Him is not genuine Christianity!
1 Peter 2: 24
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 John 1: 9- 10
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those
that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson