5047 opportunities, in life
Scripture views life as divinely ordained to include occasions when certain forms of behaviour are appropriate.
The need to discern opportune moments
Every possible opportunity should be taken to do good
Examples of individuals who seized opportunities to serve GodRahab saved the spies and her household: Jos 2:8-14; Jos 6:23
2Ki 5:1-3 Naaman’s wife’s maid helped Naaman by telling her mistress about Elisha; Ne 2:2-5 Nehemiah gained permission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Esther saved the Jews from Haman’s plot: Est 4:14; Est 7:3-6
Da 2:14-16 Daniel offered to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream; Ac 18:24-26 Priscilla and Aquila taught Apollos.
Some opportunities should be rejected
Opportunities to do evil may have appalling consequences
Ge 4:8 Cain made an opportunity to murder Abel; Ge 25:29-31 Jacob took the opportunity to “buy” Esau’s birthright. Joseph’s brothers seized the opportunity to capture and sell him: Ge 37:18-20,27
Da 6:4-5 Daniel’s enemies sought and found an opportunity to lay a charge against him. Judas sought an opportunity to betray Jesus Christ: Mt 26:16 pp Mk 14:11 pp Lk 22:6
Giving others an opportunity to do wrong must be avoided