Divine Appointments posted by John Sorensen on Aug 27, 2018
Now, somewhat unrelated, that very morning I had received an email from my friend, Ed Stetzer. In it, he had informed me of a recent study, where they found that 10% of Americas were thinking about death every day. That should shock us. There are three hundred million+ Americans. So 10% would amount to more than 30 million people wandering all around us, thinking about death today.
Ok, so back to the pastor and me, and lunch. As we sat down, I decided to ask our server about the stat I just mentioned.
I said to her, “Excuse me. I know this is going to sound funny. But just this morning I heard a statistic that I’m having some trouble believing. So, I’m going to try to prove it out today by asking a question of 10 people. Will you be the first one?”
She agreed. I asked her, “Have you thought about death today?”
The color left her face. She began to weep. She pulled up her sleeves and showed us where her wrists were just destroyed. After a moment, in a whisper, she said, “About a month ago I tried to kill myself. I’ve been asking God, who I’m not sure I even believe in, to send someone to tell me why I shouldn’t do it again. Are you from God?”
I assured her that we were. She said down, and 45 minutes later she gave her heart to Jesus Christ, the lover of her soul. Because this pastor was local, we were able to get her into Church, grounded, and growing in Christ.
On the way out of the restaurant, the pastor said, “Now I know what you mean about a Divine Appointment. I’ve never experienced that before.”
I told him, “You know, in EE, that pretty much all we experience.”
The Bible tells us to expect such things: In Psalm 37:23 we read, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD and he delighteth in his way.”
Oswald Chambers said, “God is the Great Engineer, creating circumstances to bring about moments in our lives of divine importance, leading us to divine appointments.”
His devotional, “My Utmost For His Highest” for November 14 is titled, “Discovering Divine Designs.”
In it, he writes, “We can all see God in exceptional things, but it requires the culture of spiritual discipline to see God in every detail. Never allow that the haphazard is anything less than God’s appointed order, and be ready to discover the Divine designs anywhere… It is the Divine life which continually makes more and more discoveries about the Divine mind.”
In EE, since nearly the beginning, we’ve taught that witnesses need to be FAT: Faithful, Available, and Teachable. I think the key here is the word: Available.
If we all start being AVAILABLE to be used of the LORD, we’re going to see things happen that we would never have thought would happen. And in the process, we’ll give God praise. This is our focus this week at EE. Please pray for God’s work in and through us as we serve Him.
Have a great day in Christ!