What opportunities are in front of you?
Continuing in Judges 3:17, “He brought the tribute money to Eglon, who was very fat. After delivering the payment, Ehud started home with those who had helped carry the tribute. But when Ehud reached the stone idols near Gilgal, he turned back. He came to Eglon and said, ‘I have a secret message for you.’”
Ehud is about to prove that every message from God is not nice and pretty. But let me pause there and ask what opportunities are in front of you? Ehud let God bother him. He was physically, spiritually, and emotionally bothered. Ehud understood that God had gifted him. “I don’t fit in. I’m from the tribe of the son of the right hand but I’m left-handed but somehow God’s going to use this unique gift for his glory.” When he allowed God to bother him and he understood how he was gifted, God then put right in his path Eglon. Translation? “I’m putting right in front of you an opportunity that you cannot miss because it’s large.”
In other words, when you allow God to bother you and you understand your gifts, you don’t have to look for an opportunity. God will put an opportunity in front of you that you couldn’t deny it if you tried to. We don’t have to look for opportunities
Show me in Scripture where somebody looked for opportunity? Was Moses looking for a burning bush? Was David looking for an opportunity to kill Goliath? No. He rolled up on his brothers, “Hey guys what’s happening? Who’s the big dude cussing God in valley? What’s his problem? Somebody should go whip his behind.” “Why don’t you go do it.” “I think I will. You all are having a Bible study and a prayer meeting but I’ll go show you how it’s done.” Was the Apostle Paul looking for an opportunity? Not to serve Jesus. He was looking to kill Christians and God blinded him in Acts 9. If you allow God to bother you, discover how you’re gifted then you won’t be able to deny the opportunities that God keeps dropping in front of you.
It’s not that God is not wanting to speak. It’s that we’re not listening. We don’t have to look for an opportunity to serve God. We just have to be bothered enough and gifted in some way to do something about the opportunity he’s already put in our paths. Don’t tell me you’re looking for an opportunity. God has put us right in the middle of family, friends, and situations that are wide open opportunities to serve others with the ministry of the gospel. What opportunities are in front of you?