- Converging Circumstances.
Acts 10:17-21 17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. 19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you . 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.” 21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”
We can discern God’s will for us through converging circumstances. What may ordinarily look like a mere coincidence could turn out to be God’s leading. Sometime back a friend of mine visited me at KEST where I work. We chatted about the ministry challenges and opportunities at KEST. In the course of our discussion we talked about the need to have a volunteer to help reorganize our library services so that we could effectively serve our users. She then mentioned the name of a mutual friend, Rachel, who is an excellent librarian and is also passionate about doing ministry in Uganda. After that meeting I sent Rachel a short message telling her how her name came up in our conversation about the library needs at KEST. She responded almost immediately telling me how she had been praying about coming to Uganda and how this could be God`s answer to her (and certainly our) prayers. A few months and some emails later, Rachel came with her husband (who is also a librarian) and spent two months of fruitful library ministry at KEST. This is one of the many examples of how God communicates to us through converging circumstances.
- Open Doors/Closed Doors
1 Corinthians 16: 8-9 But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great doo r for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.
Acts 16:6-10 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
When God wants you to do something, he provides the grace and the means to accomplish that task. Not every opportunity is a sign of God’s will but it can, along with other factors (see my recent post), serve as an indicator of what God might be communicating. Closely related to this, is the closed doors. If you have been praying about something and every door is closed, God may be saying no, or wait. So, next time you’re seeking God’s will be sensitive to which doors are open and which ones are closed.
- The Peace Of God
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanks giving, present you r requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The indescribable peace of God fills our hearts when we are in the will of God. This does not necessarily mean that we will be comfortable with the decision we are making. In fact, many times doing God’s will means that we step out of our comfort zones—and this is scary. What I am saying here is that when we are in the will of God, there will be sense of assurance that, yes; this is what we are supposed to be doing. We may not be able to articulate or clearly explain it to others but deep within us there is that peace that assures us that it is what God wants us to do.