Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Dawn of Opportunity

 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Gracious Lord, remember David,
how he made thy house his care,
how he vowed to seek no pleasure
till thy house he should prepare.
Lord, remember his devotion;
restless in his courts he trod
till he found a habitation
fit for Israel’s mighty God.
 —Psalm 132: 3-5
You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
—Ephesians 4:22-24
God visits us in opportunity. The dawn of opportunity is the unveiling of his presence. When the door opens upon the way of sacrifice and enlargement, he is there! No longer does he visit us in bodily form; he comes in the form of circumstance. He speaks to us in the voice of events. We may behold his comings and goings in the movements of our day. We may see him in a tendency, we may hear him in a challenge, we may find him in the midst of upheaval and unrest. He comes to us in the brightness of some glorious hope, being clothed with light as with a garment; and he comes to us in the shadow of some chilling disappointment, visiting us in the night seasons.
 —John Henry Jowett, The Friend on the Road
Help me, O God, to recognize you in all the circumstances of my life: In success may I find no reason to boast except in your strength; and in weakness, may I find reason to depend on you...

 Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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