TEST OF FAITH: Maximizing Opportunities and Waiting for God's Instruction

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Oyedepo said, "Opportunity is taking advantage of situations by the gifts of God in your life." An opportunity is an appropriate or favorable time of condition. It is an occasion and event; it happens with time. Maximizing opportunities is the right application and utilization of favorable condition per time stepping over the challenges and obstacles.

TEST OF FAITH: MAXIMIZING OPPORTUNITIES AND WAITING FOR GOD'S INSTRUCTION
Taiwo Ola-victor Babalola
 
Why does God test our faith? The objective of testing is to discover and establish the truth. In school, it’s to see if we’ve learned and understand what has been taught by the tutor or instructor. God is love and wants us to succeed. When He tests us, He wants to see if our faith in Him is real. If we fall short, He takes pleasure in teaching us so we can pass the next time. When our faith proves genuine, He can reward us. Hebrews 11:1: established that, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” faith means relying completely on who Jesus is and what He has done to be made right with God.
 
God sometimes allows us to enter into discouraging situations for the primary purpose of testing our faith. James 1:3 ESV For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. At such times we must refuse to give up in despair or lose faith. Like Jonah in the belly of the great fish, we must turn to the Lord when our soul is fainting within us, trusting Him completely. “Our faith in God is precious to Him.” The Bible puts it this way:“Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns.” — 1 Peter 1:7.
 
Oyedepo said, "Opportunity is taking advantage of situations by the gifts of God in your life." An opportunity is an appropriate or favorable time of condition. It is an occasion and event; it happens with time. Maximizing opportunities is the right application and utilization of favorable condition per time stepping over the challenges and obstacles.
Most times, opportunities usually come in obscure and insignificant packages. They are never announced. It only requires a certain ‘eye’ to spot out inconsistencies and responsibilities. We can turn obstacles into opportunities, and further maximize them into profitable outcomes. Instead of seeing them as hindrances, redefine these challenges into new opportunities for new developments.
Notice Deuteronomy 5:33 “Follow all the directions the Lord has given you. Then life will go well for you.” God has made some incredible promises in His word about obedience. 
 
Whenever opportunities comes as a child of God, 
Choose to trust Him. If we don’t trust the Lord, we won’t obey Him. Anytime we’re tempted to disobey in a particular area, that’s the point at which we don’t trust Him. The solution is to actively choose to believe that God is who He says He is, and that He will do what He has promised.
 
Determine to wait upon the Lord in prayer. The first step in making sure that we’re walking in God’s will is to ask Him to show us what He wants for our lives. While seeking the Lord, we should also search the Scriptures for passages that clarify His will and give us guidance. Then we must wait for His instructions and timing. Even when we can’t figure out what God is doing or why He delays, remembering that He knows every aspect of the situation should bring us assurance.
 
Meditate upon His Word everyday. We’ll never live obediently with a closed Bible because that’s God’s primary means of leading us. Within its pages are the answers to whatever situations we’re facing. When Joshua needed guidance, the Lord told him, “Be careful to do according to all the law... meditate on it day and night” (Josh. 1:7-8). Today we have the entire written Word of God, and the Lord promises to bless those who do what it says.
 
Walk when the way is not clear. We’ll miss the Lord’s will for our lives if we refuse to take steps of obedience until we know what’s going to happen. None of us can foresee what He will do. Our responsibility is simply to obey Him today, knowing that He holds tomorrow. By faith, Abraham obeyed God’s call even though he didn’t know where he was going (Heb. 11:8). And that’s exactly how we should walk with the Lord. He doesn’t reveal the entire path because with each step into the unknown, He’s strengthening our faith.
 
Decide to experience possible conflict. Anyone who obeys the Lord will encounter conflict. First of all, there will be inner discord when what God is calling us to do seems humanly unreasonable.Furthermore, obedience might also result in relational disharmony if others don’t understand or agree with what the Lord is telling us to do.
 
Leave the consequences to God. When He challenges us to obey, our minds could fill with doubts: Suppose He can’t fix this situation. What if He doesn’t provide enough? When these thoughts come to mind, we must remember that the Lord is always sufficient and adequate for every issue in our lives. Our job is simply to obey Him and then watch Him work out His will in our lives in surprising ways.
 
Accept divine chastisement in response to disobedience. Every child of God experiences His discipline. The question is: How will we respond? If we resist His chastisement and blame Him for all our troubles, we’re demonstrating that we have not learned obedience. However, if we have an obedient spirit, we’ll recognize our heavenly Father’s discipline as a loving act of protection and respond with gratitude.


Submitted: March 25, 2021

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