Divine Opportunities

July 2018: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Christians often ask, “What is God’s will for my life?” We know we’re to obey any command spelled out in Scripture, but what about individual guidance for our lives? I believe God directs us through opportunities He gives each day—some may be major direction-changers, but many are simply small occasions to serve Him by helping others.

Sometimes the openings God gives seem like obstructions to our plans.

We could think of our lives as a continuous series of opportunities orchestrated by God to lead us into His will. But sometimes the openings He gives seem like obstructions to our plans. I remember a time the phone rang while I was preparing a sermon. At first I saw it as an obstacle to my service for the Lord. But it was actually a chance to make a big difference by helping to bring reconciliation between the caller and his elderly father.

You probably have similar stories of disruptions that proved to be godly opportunities. How we respond to unexpected and often unwanted interruptions reveals our priorities. Are we willing to be inconvenienced in order to love and care for others? We know we should love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourselves, but these truths are easier to preach than to live out.

This month’s devotions were selected to help you recognize God-given opportunities for compassion. As you begin to view interruptions from God’s perspective, watch what happens—not just in how others are blessed but in your own excitement at the privilege of serving.

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