What is a Divine Appointment?
by Janis Cox
Some people call them coincidences. I call them God-incidences. And some of those I call divine appointments.
From The Message: 2 Timothy 4:1-2
God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.
If you look back in your life you will find them. Here are a few of my personal examples:
1. After the death of my Dad in 1993, we took my Mom on a preplanned holiday to Disney World. On the way down the highway we were caught in the “storm of the century”, caught between the 2 tunnels on Interstate 77. We ended up staying at the Church of God for two days in Bastian, Virginia. My Mom had the opportunity to have a long chat with the Pastor of the church and I believe that might have been the beginning of a revival of her faith in Jesus.
2. In the mid 90s I joined a curling club and met a woman I will name D. In one conversation she invited me to her church. I went. Besides feeling the whoosh of God upon entering through the doors it was in this church that I rekindled my faith in Jesus and accepted Him as Saviour in 2001. I found out later that D. and her friends had been praying for me in their Bible study.
3. A few weeks ago I headed back to Canada to help with my sick grandson. There were three divine appointments on that trip. In each case I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to give my testimony and express my confidence and love of Jesus. I now pray for those three people every day.
Look back in your life – years ago, last week, yesterday.
Can you see God’s appointments?
Today I pray for those divine appointments. And I wait for the Holy Spirit to prompt me for an opening to speak His Word of Truth.
Lord, we know that You make those divine appointments. Help us to see them and be bold when they happen. Help us to watch and listen to the Holy Spirit and be ready to speak Your Truth. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.
Look back in your life. Can you see God’s divine appointments? (tweet this)
Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.
Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.
Thank you so much. Thanks for the #TellHisStory link.
I believe in God-incidences, too. Thank you for sharing with us at #TellHisStory, Janis!
I do try to obey and to watch. Experiencing God by Blackaby was a great study teaching us to watch where God is working and go there.
Remembering – in the OT these used stones, which are a good way to remember too. Maybe we should start painting stones.
I am so glad that this has encouraged you in your walk. I encourage myself to remember to do these things as well.
Great to see you again. I love looking back just to see His presence. Such a good exercise.
The most catching thing I read in these appointments is your obedience. Praise God for your follow through, your obedience, and your willingness to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. What a beautiful example of walking it and not just talking it. Have a gorgeous rest of your weekend, Janice!
Your testimony of divine appointments reminded me to remember my own. God is building our faith. Thanks for the reminder to remain observant!
Janice, thanks for sharing these sweet testimonies. You have encouraged me to keep my eyes and ears and heart open to His leading this week.
Thanks for sharing your “God-incidences”…so truly encouraging….I can see how God provided in bringing me to salvation in Him as a young child although I did not grow up in a family of faith. Blessings to you…linked up behind you at Sandy’s 🙂
Yes I have gone back further in my life to find other times that I can remember that God intervened directly in my life. Just love it.
I love the “if we were more tuned in and observant we’d see even tons more” of divine appointments.
You are welcome.
May the Lord continue to lead you and may you watch carefully so you can see the appointment.
It’s so fun to look back and realize our divine appointments that others might see as coincidence…. but we know better, don’t we? Thanks for linking up with Recommendation Saturday! Heart Hugs, Shelly ❤
Oh, my, so many Divine appointments! And even more “God-incidents.” Just had one today, in fact, one of those that reveals God’s sense of humor! I think a lot of this kind of thing is going on around us much of the time, and if we were more tuned in and observant, we’d see even tons more! Praise to the ever-present, *very*-present God!
Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
Mel from Essential Thing Devotions
I think I’m in the early stages of a divine appointment. Thanks for sharing this today, Jan.