Limitations bringing Opportunities
March 13, 2020: SOAP #3753: Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4
Scripture: Galatians (NIV) 4:13 As you know, it wasbecause of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. 14 Even thoughmy illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn.Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were ChristJesus himself.
Observation: Paulhad first stopped at Galatia due to illness. Either the sickness caused him to stop where he had not planned orcaused him to extend his stay instead of moving on as he had planned. Thepeople of Galatia did not treat Paul as though he was untouchable due to hissickness but went out of their way to minister to him. Paul refers to it as a trial that THEYendured. Paul was not afraid to identify his problem as “my illness.”It was not considered a “negative confession.” The Galatians did not reject Paul or belittlehis faith because of this sickness. Both Paul and the Galatians used this“illness” for the glory of God. Paul did so by taking the opportunities afforded him to preach thegospel. The Galatians did so byaccepting the gospel!
Application: Today,it seems the whole world is being affected by the coronavirus or COVID-19. Although not personally infected with thevirus, my life has personally felt limitations. Late this afternoon, we discovered that the store where we commonly shopwas out of toilet paper. Then later thisevening the news media reported that the basketball tournament to which I wasto drive a bus tomorrow has been stopped. Tomorrow, I will check on the trip we have planned for next week,
Limitations, unplanned interruptions, changes in schedules may provideunexpected opportunities to share the love of Jesus. I must not waste my time complaining butlooking for divine opportunities.
Prayer: I call you Lord because I trust you to directmy life. In the unexpected changes thatcome my way in the days and weeks ahead, be glorified. May the name of Jesus be exalted! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!