Are We Available?

Connecting Points

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Today’s Topic: Availability

Today’s Text:  2 Samuel 15:15 (ESV)  And the king’s servants said to the king, “Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king decides.”

I’m preparing to go back out into the snow. I arrived at the office at 7:00 AM this morning to begin my personal study time and to write this Connecting Points devotional. At the beginning of my devotions was a poem by A. L. Waring which read:

I love to think that God appoints
My portion day by day;
Events of life are in His hand,
And I would only say,
Appoint them in Thine own good time,
And in Thine own best way..

Before I could read any further I was distracted by my computer alert which dinged to say someone had posted something new to Facebook. Of course I had to go look. It was a member of our church who was asking for help. Her son needed a ride to school today because her husband had accidently taken her car keys to work with him. They live in the area of our church where I am. I immediately responded that I could be there to do that, and in 10 minutes I will leave to serve her.

God’s appointments require man’s availability.

I returned to the devotions and read this from Francis Havergal in his old English style.

If we are really, and always, and equally ready to do whatsoever the King appoints, all the trials and vexations arising from any change in His appointments, great or small, simply do not exist. If He appoints me to work there, shall I lament that I am not to work here? If He appoints me to wait in-doors to-day, am I to be annoyed because I am not to work out-of-doors? If I meant to write His messages this morning, shall I grumble because He sends interrupting visitors, rich or poor, to whom I am to speak them, or “show kindness” for His sake, or at least obey His command, “Be courteous?” If all my members are really at His disposal, why should I be put out if to-day’s appointment is some simple work for my hands or errands for my feet, instead of some seemingly more important doing of head or tongue?

So before I leave to be on time for God’s appointment, let me ask you – Are you, as His servant, ready at any time to do whatever He asks?

God’s appointments require man’s availability.

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