I love divine appointments. They reveal God’s intervention, His orchestration, and His impeccable timing. Revelation 3:7 says, “…He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.”
One of my favorite passages about God’s orchestrated opportunities is Acts 16:6-10. Paul and his team tried to preach the gospel in Asia, but they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit. In the natural sense, we might think that going to preach the gospel somewhere was good. Yet God had another plan.
When they tried to go into Bithynia, the Holy Spirit did not permit them. I wonder what their thoughts were. The door was shut in two places, yet it opened through a vision that Paul had.
Verse 10 says, “Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.”
I often ask the Lord to lead me by resistance. I don’t want to do anything that He has not previously arranged for me to walk in. As I read the end of Ephesians 6, I was reminded afresh of open and closed doors.
Paul asked them to pray for him. Verse 19-20 says regarding verse 18 on prayer, “And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make know the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Paul was in prison, yet he was asking for open opportunities.
1 Corinthians 16:9 says, “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” This is so true for us right now. Bible believing Christians have myriad adversaries.
Proverbs 24:10 says, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Hebrews 12:1 says to run with endurance. That means we have to cast off the things we do in our own strength, or lean on our own understanding. This is the time to wait for God to open and close doors, and watch for and seize His orchestrated opportunities to share the gospel.