Word Study For Today: The Book of Amos Chapter 4
Devotion: RECOGNIZING OPPORTUNITIES.
Texts: Genesis 21:14-19. | Luke 19:1-10. | Luke 19:41-44.
To recognize means to realize or discover the nature of something. To acknowledge the existence or legality of something.
Opportunity means a chance for advancement, progress or profit. A favourable circumstance or occasion.
To recognise opportunity therefore means to realise or discover a chance for advancement, progress or profit.
Opportunity does not announce itself. Even though it goes by that appealing definition as a favourable circumstance or occasion, if you are not sensitive to it; it may not be yours, though it makes itself available always. It doesn’t come dressed and labelled as opportunity, though it’s hawked on a daily basis. It takes an unusual ability to recognise it when it’s passing.
Opportunity appears as a gentle subtle saviuor often, it rarely is a loud noise maker. On the blessed day that Jesus Christ chose to pass through the city of Jericho, it was like any other day. He had moved into or through another neighbourhood. There wasn’t any physical thing to suggest to Zacchaeus, that the fateful day was His day [his moment in time]. He probably didn’t even know the ‘weight’ the person everyone lined the road to see ‘carried’ (His significance and importance). He only wanted also to see what was going on, and his height was going to fail him; suddenly the instinct in him set to work >>> get a vantage position so you can see Who they all are craving to see. Many lined the street, but Zacchaeus recognised an opportunity that could make him see Jesus > >Luke 19:3-4(NCV)==>3)“He wanted to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because he was too short to see above the crowd. 4)He ran ahead to a place where Jesus would come, and he climbed a sycamore tree so he could see him.”
Not only was it his opportunity to see Jesus physically, it turned out to be his lifetime opportunity to see the salvation of the Lord in the land of the living. >Luke 19:5, 9 (NCV)==>5)“When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down! I must stay at your house today.” 9)Jesus said to him, “Salvation has come to this house today, because this man also belongs to the family of Abraham.”
What a moment! What an opportunity! Others caught a glimpse of Jesus, but never recognised that moment in time as salvation time. For Zacchaeus, opportunity came knocking and he didn’t miss it because he gave his life to Jesus that day, he opened the door of his home and effectively his heart to Jesus. When you see it, can you RECOGNISE IT?
The scripture records a tribe who was extremely sensitive to times and seasons. For every time or season that showed up, they were able to RECOGNISE IT [they knew what was best to do, they knew how to position and take advantage of each passing moment with the opportuned time frame]. What a tribe! >1 Chronicles 12:32(NLT)==>“From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.”
Learning to take the heat and emotions out of situations will help us see clearly, so as not to be beclouded and be able to lay hold on opportunity.
Women are a very emotional set of people, so little wonder Hagar was beclouded by tears of frustration when the water in her baby’s bottle was running out. She was sensitive enough as to know what to do in that condition. She had allowed the thought of ‘in the midst of nowhere in a wilderness’ to overwhelm her and all she saw was death and nothing more.
On this particular day in Hagar’s life, opportunity was not only a passerby, but it was also stationed around her, and it could even have turned her to a merchant in and from the wilderness, yet she couldn’t RECOGNISE IT. It’s a sad story for all someone needs to be around them, and yet they are not able to know or see it. >Genesis 21:19(AMP)==>“Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the [empty] skin with water and gave the boy a drink.”.
It takes God to help man to RECOGNISE IT. It’s not naturally in man, except the Lord puts it there or bestows it in the moment in time it’s needed, like He did to Hagar. A well (opportunity for water supply) was around in the wilderness of Beersheba, yet she sat somewhere close but couldn’t see (smell it, pick it ). Her eyes had to be opened to see and RECOGNISE IT [because many do see, but only a few recognise the potential or essence of what they see].
Inability to recognise is a very dangerous state to be. A life that can’t recognise opportunity is in danger says Jesus Christ. >Luke 19:41-44NCV)==>41) “As Jesus came near Jerusalem, he saw the city and cried for it, 42)saying, “I wish you knew today what would bring you peace. But now it is hidden from you. 43)The time is coming when your enemies will build a wall around you and will hold you in on all sides. 44)They will destroy you and all your people, and not one stone will be left on another. All this will happen because you did not recognize the time when God came to save you.”
As pilgrims in this journey of life, one thing we should realise according to scriptures is, the race is not to the swift says the preacher >“Again I saw under the sun that— the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor food to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge; but time and chance happen to them all.”[Ecclesiastes 9:11 MEV].
Life is a game of time, and the ability to recognise the chance that has presented itself within that time frame (opportuned time).
-Worship the Lord in the beauty of His Holiness.
-Pray in the Spirit for 15 minutes.
-Cry out to the Lord this day, to open your eyes to see and recognise like He did for Hagar.
-Pray for sensitivity that you may not lose any single opportunity that is yours any more.