Thursday, October 06, 2016

Trials Turned Opportunities

Memory Verse: "And at midnight Paul and Silas worshipped, and praised God; and they that were in [the] keeping heard them." (Acts 16:25, WYC)

Scripture Reading: Acts 16:16-34.

A serious earthquake rocked the city of Philippi. It was so strong that the "foundations of the prison were shaken." People were terrified. The man responsible for the jail was so sure that "the prisoners had escaped" that he decided to kill himself.

Others might have panicked or be driven by fear. But Paul remained sensitive to God's leading, alert to the opportunity to minister to the jailer's [spiritual] need. 

Clearly God had prepared the jailer's heart, for his reaction was instantaneous: "What must I do to be saved?" Thanks to Paul's commitment and sensitivity, the jailer and his family found Jesus.

We all may experience various surprises or unexpected events that interrupt our already prepared schedules. Just like the jailer, our first response can be to think about ourselves. But, as Paul learned, these can be glorious opportunities for ministry. This is why we need to stay sensitive to God, always ready, always committed to serve Him, open to His leading.

Someone may be afraid or discouraged. Others may feel hopeless. Ask God to help you stay sensitivity to His leading. Look for opportunities to minister to others. Perhaps to pray with someone or share the Gospel. To meet a financial need, or be a source of help and encouragement.

Trials are opportunities in disguise. Spiritual sensitivity will help you recognise them when they show up. And as you do recognise them, seize the opportunity and be a blessing to someone.

Ponder Point: God's plans will always be greater and more beautiful than all your trials.

Action Point: When faced with trials, look beyond yourself and be a blessing.

Prayer Point: Father, help me to be sensitive to people around me and always ready to share my faith. Help me see how You can turn problems into victories in Jesus name, Amen.

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