What are God’s appointments in your life? I think sometimes our perspective is more horizontal rather than vertical. God brings events and circumstances into our lives to accomplish His plan and purpose. Sometimes they are difficult things.
And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. Jonah 1:17
Sometimes they are blessings.
Now the Lord God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. Jonah 4:6
Each time God appointed something in Jonah’s life – it was with a plan and purpose. We can see that because we are seeing the whole story, but imagine Jonah who was living it. I think we fail to see God’s appointments in our lives because we don’t see the big picture. We see the overdue bill, or the traffic jam, the snow storm or the newborn baby, or the new job.
But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. Jonah 4:7
When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. Jonah 4:8
What is it that God has appointed in your life? God’s appointments in your life are for His plan and His purpose. Remember that God is in the process of conforming you to the image of the Son. His appointments are a means to accomplish that.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1Thessalonians 5:23-24
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:29
Be blessed today and keep your eyes open to God’s appointments.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John for 30 years. She has 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 11 in all. She delights in reading and teaching, but mostly in laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.