- Rev. Pon Subarson
The word 'opportunity' is used at a large scale in the world. This is also used largely by Christians. As we listen to this word often, we symbolize that it is for the victory of an individual or family. But when we read it in the Bible, it was used for a large group of people for their deliverance.
We read in Judges 5: 7 Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah, arose, Arose a mother in Israel. The words of Deborah the prophet wonder us. The Bible teaches us that the opportunities that God gives depend on the plan of God. The Israelites were at peace for 40 years through Deborah. We knew very well that Rahab saved the spies in Joshua 2:8-14. We read in Nehemiah 2:1-5 that Nehemiah stood before the king to save his people and country by using the opportunity given by God. He used it not to exalt his own self but for the deliverance of his people!
The Book of Esther also reveals the same truth (Esther 4:14; 7:3-6). Esther was willing to use the opportunity that was given to her just for the deliverance of her people!
Yes, beloved, ordinary people in the Bible who are with burden like us used the opportunities that God has given them! It was used for the expansion of the plan of God. Recently when I visited the fields in Gujarat and Jharkhand, the same question of 'opportunities' came in front of my eyes. Even today there are lakhs of Indian villages that are destroyed, that are without boundaries, where the families are dispersed and they wander in search of the true God. These are the opportunities that God gives us.
These are opportunities for all who has identified Jesus as their Saviour. The word 'Watch', in Matthew 25:13 tells us that we need to use the opportunities. We are made to think through the parable told by Lord Jesus Christ on talents! The talents are opportunities. They could be 5, 2 or 1. But it is for all. It is our duty to know the opportunities that God has given us.
Beloved! We will be blessed when we use the rest of the days for the
expansion of the kingdom of God.