The God Encounter Weekend in Elk Grove was amazing and it was a divine appointment indeed. I was blessed to teach the ladies on Saturday and lead a small group. I was so blessed to walk through this 24 hour experience of discovery and freedom with them. If you want more details on what God Encounter is:
As we all prepare our homes and hearts for Thanksgiving, here’s a encouragement to keep your eyes open for divine appointments:
“There came a day when he gently set aside the hammer. He looked thoughtfully at the saw. It had served him well throughout the years. As the sun set on the carpentry shop, the warm rays lit the sawdust on the floor and the scrap wood on the table. He paused and surveyed the familiar room. He glanced at the chisel laying on the work bench. It was the one his father had taught him to use. Many long hours were spent here but now it was time to put the tools away. Now it as time to close shop. It wasn’t just the end of the day but an end of an era. Tomorrow would bring the beginning of a new one. His work as the son of a carpenter had come to an end, and his work as the son of God was about to begin. For thirty years he had worked for his earthly father. Now his last three would be dedicated to the work of his heavenly father.
Jesus cleared his schedule…completely.
He cleared his schedule and set out to keep God’s. He set out to keep some very important appointments – divine appointed ones.
Early morning or late at night, Jesus would keep his personal appointments with God (we call it prayer). Then throughout the day he kept the divine appointments his heavenly father scheduled for him.
Sometimes Jesus went to the people. Other times, they came to him.
He healed their bodies.
He touched their hearts.
He opened the eyes of the blind and set free those who were enslaved.
He met them by lonely wells.
He touched them in the midst of multitudes.
No matter who they were, where they were or what time it was, Jesus kept every divine appointment. He kept every one up to the final appointment of his earthy ministry to pay the price of mankind’s sin:
“To be pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities”. Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
But that was not the end, it was another beginning. Jesus rose from the grave on the third day and continued to keep divine appointments. He had one with two women outside his empty tomb. He had one with the disciples in the upper room. He had one with two men on the road to Emmaus. He had one with John and Peter on the shoreline of Galilee.
And Jesus told his disciples to clear their schedules. He would be going to heaven and scheduling divine appointments for them to keep. Jesus told them that he wouldn’t leave them on their own, he would send his own Spirit to be their companion, comforter, guide, and direct communicator to the Father.
The disciples kept their appointments faithfully unto death. Then they passed down the heritage of being witnesses of the good news and divine appointments keepers to all those who claim Christ as Savior and Lord.
Now it is our turn. We need to clear our schedules of preconceived plans for the kingdom of God and let the Holy Spirit direct us into his divine appointments.”
From a little coffee table book I wrote years ago called “Points on Perspective”, Point #9
What does your divine appointment schedule look like this week?