2 Kings 13:18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
God is an opportunity-giving God. Daily, God gives us moments pregnant with possibility and potential. It might be an intersecting point with a particular person we haven’t seen in a while, a conversation with colleagues, or a professional door that opens to us unexpectedly. It might be an opportunity to share our faith, or to do something kind and helpful for another person. It might be a moment to speak a loving and encouraging word to someone who is hurting and hopeless. It might be a word of instruction or wisdom spoken to us that will shape our character and increase our usefulness to God and His Kingdom.
Opportunities are introduced into our lives, and they linger briefly, waiting for our response. As surely as they arrive, they leave. Seeing them and seizing them is our challenge. Great opportunities do not come every day; don’t waste them when they do; it may very well be the difference between success or failure.
In the book “The Richest Man in Babylon” one merchant told his story how he wasted his opportunity. He was approached by a sheep seller to buy 900 sheep. He liked the offer as he knew he could sell them back at a significant profit and so he asked his servants to count the sheep but it proved impossible because it was now dark. He told the sheep seller that he would count the sheep and pay him in the morning. The sheep seller begged him to pay him two thirds now and he would leave with him his best servant to help count the sheep in the morning and collect the remaining one third. The merchant stubbornly decided against it. In the morning the sheep seller was rushed by other buyers and was offered three (3) times the amount he was selling it for initially as there was a scarcity of food in the area. The result was that the merchant lost out on what would have been significant profits. With wise counsel quickly take advantage of your opportunities.
In 2 Kings 13, King Joash was guilty of not taking full advantage of a divine opportunity to totally annihilate the Syrians. After prophesying to him of God’s deliverance Elisha told him to beat the ground with the spears, he chose to do it only 3 times and when if he had done it 6 times it would have meant total defeat of his adversaries. The lesson we can learn from Joash is when great opportunities come, go hard and focus on hitting a home run.
Life Application: Daily or weekly make a list of your best opportunities; pursue them vigorously with wisdom and all diligence.
Prayer: Dear Lord, there are so many opportunities that you have given me over the years that I did not jump at for various reasons. I pray that you will allow me to identify the opportunities in every situation and seize them. Remove any fear that prevents me from seizing these opportunities. In Jesus name, amen.