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What is a Divine Appointment | RIOT Podcast

May 02, 2024

“What is a Divine Appointment?” is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast

“Divine appointment” refers to the belief that certain events or encounters are preordained by a higher power or destiny. In many religious and spiritual contexts, it suggests that moments in a person’s life are not merely random, but are instead orchestrated by the divine to fulfill a greater purpose or plan. This concept is often associated with a sense of providence or guidance, encouraging individuals to seek meaning and significance in their life experiences, trusting in the alignment between their path and a greater cosmic will.

When someone speaks of a divine appointment, he or she is likely referring to an extraordinary event in a believer’s life or a significant spiritual encounter with another person. The timing, purpose, and outcome of the experience seem to be orchestrated by God rather than simply random chance or coincidence.

In Acts 8:26–40, Philip experiences an undeniable divine appointment when an angel of the Lord sends him to share the gospel with an Ethiopian eunuch who just happens to be reading Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming Messiah.

In Acts 12:6–11, Peter suddenly realizes that his dream of escaping from prison has, in reality, just happened (Acts 12:11). Frequently, hours, days, and sometimes even years go by before we finally grasp in amazement that God has been working in our past, delivering us from evil, through various divine appointments.

God is always working to bring about His sovereign purposes in our lives: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:28–30, ESV).

We also know that God is always close to us Psalm 139:7–12, says “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”

We must avoid becoming overly preoccupied with dramatic divine appointments, looking for them at every turn. Our sinful nature may be tempted to seek signs and confirmations from people who make us feel especially loved by God and significant in His kingdom. Plenty of charlatans and even heretics will say whatever our “itching ears want to hear,” but it won’t be the truth (2 Timothy 4:3–4).

Like Joseph passing through his difficult ordeal, we may not always detect God’s behind-the-scenes activity in our lives. But all Christians can be sure that, in every moment of every day, God is working “out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).

The most crucial divine appointment of our lives is that glorious day we encounter Jesus Christ. It is the moment when we respond to God’s voice calling us to come to Him, repent of our sins, and be saved (John 6:44; Hebrews 3:8). Like the woman who encounters Jesus at the well, we surrender our lives to Him and drink from God’s eternal fountain of living water (John 4:7–38). From then on, we abide in Jesus, remaining in Him and bearing much fruit (John 15:5).

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