Opportunity is a time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. Some opportunities come only once in a lifetime. God blesses his children by arranging divine opportunities for them. God also gives innovative ideas and wisdom to prosper his own. So, we have to be watchful and not allow divine opportunities to slip us by.
Moses fled for his life and came to the land of Midian. This was a strange land. He knew nobody and no one was going to give to him. Moses did not know where to start from. He must have been questioning in his mind why God had to allow such a predicament to befall him.
In Egypt, Moses was a prince. He had everything he needed just by mentioning it. Moses had servants and officers ministering to him. He wanted to do God’s will and just for daring to answer the call, he found himself as a fugitive in a foreign land without a dime. No house, food, job or family! Is it a crime to yield to a divine assignment?
Sometimes, we also find ourselves in this kind of situation. God seems so far away and the situation seems unredeemable. “Why is God treating me like this?” We often ask. God is just close by. He is always by our side when we are doing his will.
Moses by the well
Moses sat by the well thinking. He was very hungry. There was no time for him to make provisions for his flight to Midian. He was lucky he escaped with his life. He also came out of Egypt with the only dress on him. The future looked bleak but little did he know he was about to learn another lesson about God as being a God of opportunities. When we are so much consumed with our problems such that we refuse to see divine opportunities, we feel God has refused to answer our prayers.
Opportunities are a way of God answering our prayers. Of course, not everything that appears as opportunity is from God but God still blesses his people today by bringing opportunities for them. Discernment is highly needed here. We have choices when opportunities come. We can choose to respond or decide to ignore. Most opportunities come in form of work. My prayer is that you will always be sensitive enough to make the right choices.
“And the shepherds came and drove them away but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock” (Exo. 2:17).
As Moses sat by the well, thinking and praying to God about his life, the answer to his prayers came in form of an opportunity. What happened? The Priest of Midian had seven daughters. The girls drove their father’s flock to the well to water them. They came early, filled the troughs and were about to start watering their flock when some guys arrived with their flocks. The shepherds drove these girls and their flock away just because they were girls. Moses saw what happened and said to himself: “This is cheating!”. He stood up, defended the ladies and also helped them to water their flock. Little did he know this was a prearranged opportunity from God for all his immediate problems to be solved. The situation that played out before him was an answer to his prayers.
Thank God, he did not feel unconcerned. Thank God also that he was still not “praying very hard” when the answer to his prayers had already come, waiting for his actions. That opportunity to do good could be the key to the doors of breakthrough you have been praying for.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Gal. 6:9-10)
Help those who are poor, weak and needy around you as much as you can. You may not be able to help everybody because you are not God, but you can assist someone. Moses was poor and needy but was strong enough to help the Jethros.
When the daughters of Jethro got home, their father was surprised to see them return so early. He asked : “How is it that ye are come so soon to day?” (Exo. 2:18). That means those cruel shepherds had always tormented those girls whenever they go to water their father’s flock. They informed their father: “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock” (Exo. 2:19). That was all the recommendation Moses needed for his placement to come.