The Bible tells us that God equips us for various “chance” encounters

Your Neighbor is God Appointee
A Divine Appointment – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:23-35

Key Verse: Luke 10:33

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

Continuing from yesterday’s thoughts, Jesus’ story included three men who had a divine appointment but didn’t know it.  Even though Jesus is telling a parable-like story, I believe it reveals realities of God’s kingdom.  God knows who we are going to run into each day.  It seems random and coincidental to us, but God looks at our life from a much broader perspective.  He sees the beginning, the end, and everything in between.  He builds purpose into His follower’s lives.  The Bible tells us that God equips us for these “chance” encounters; He prepares us to serve effectively (Hebrews 13:20-21).

We need to start each day thinking that it might be a day for a divine appointment.  I don’t believe every day will have some special task God wants us to do.  However, I believe that every believer will have those special days.  The truth is, we can’t—and probably won’t—know that it’s a special day.  The Good Samaritan had no idea it would be a day that he would fulfill a kingdom purpose.  In Jesus’ story, he fulfilled it; he kept his divine appointment.  The priest and Levite missed their appointments.  Let’s determine not to miss any divine appointments that God has for us.  Be sensitive and ready to help a hurting person today!

Father, this is the day that you have made for me.  I will rejoice and be glad in it.  I will be your hands and feet!  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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