divine appointment


A little over a year ago I finished a project for one company and on the way home I felt an inner urging to go by and see a friend. When I got there he offered me a job. I didn’t have another job lined up yet, the timing was perfect and I started immediately.


People who don’t know better, might call this a coincidence. Did you know that in the Hebrew language there isn’t even a word for coincidence? The Bible says we’re either walking by the flesh or walking by the spirit. Nothing happens by chance.


When we even have the slightest inkling to do something and it doesn’t go against what the Bible says, then we are taking another step of faith along the good path the Lord has for us. Walking by faith gets us to these special times I call divine appointments.


Just like a doctor appointment, or the hairdresser or any other type of appointment in the natural, we don’t want to be late. When the appointments are set up by the Lord, they are going to be successful ones, so we need to respond immediately.


My experience wasn’t earth shattering but it did make a big difference in my finances for that week and that’s important enough to me and to God.


When we pray for help in walking by the spirit, and we determine to be aware of the Lord’s guidance to us, (one author calls these “God winks”), the results are always positive because the Lord Jesus and his Father God always want the best for us. All Christians can walk by the spirit.


God gives us a great example in Simeon. He didn’t have a degree or title and he was a pretty regular Jewish believer. Luke 2:25 says, “There was a man whose name was Simeon; just and devout.” This tells me he was doing his best to be a fair man and he was determined in his heart to follow God.


The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that before he died he would get to see God’s Messiah. Then on one ordinary day, “he came by the spirit into the temple” (Lk 2:27). There it is! He came “by the spirit”—the spirit of God gave him the idea to go to the temple, he did it and met his godly appointment.


It was the exact day and time that Joseph and Mary brought the young child Jesus to the temple! Simeon “took him up in his arms, blessed God and said, ‘Lord now lettest they servant depart in peace, for my eyes have seen thy salvation’” (vv. 28-29). The Holy Spirit inspired Simeon and he went on to give an awesome prophecy over Mary, Joseph and the child Jesus.


We don’t hear any more about this man Simeon and in fact this happened near the end of his life here on earth. But I believe God had this record put in the Bible so that we could learn how important and wonderful it is to respond to the urgings of the Spirit.


For me, it increased my finances for the week. For Simeon it was how he got to meet Jesus face to face.


Galatians 5:25 says, “Let us also walk in the Spirit.” And Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”


We can pray, “Lord Jesus, help me to walk by the Spirit today and delight in those divine appointments.”


Love, Carolyn

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