Monday, August 10, 2009

Obstacle or Opportunity?

"So they arrived in the region of the Gerasenes, across the lake from Galilee. As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet him. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in a cemetery outside the town." Luke 8:26,27 NLT

Jesus had just calmed the storm that was threatening the very lives of his twelve disciples. He had just reached the shore. He wasn't even out of the boat when he was met by a very violent and out of control person. Not even out of the boat, and met with an obstacle. Or was it?

Jesus immediately confronted the situation, and turned an obstacle into an opportunity. He set the man free from demonic possession, gave him a ministry commission, and a new start on life. Jesus took a potentially volatile obstacle, and turned it into an opportunity for his love, and grace to fill a persons life.

I wonder how many times we see a situation as an obstacle, when God really sees it as an opportunity. Perhaps, it is an offense that has the potential to dived a relationship, family, or Church. The obstacle could be turned into an opportunity for God's love, forgiveness and restoration to take place. Perhaps it is a financial obstacle. Could it be an opportunity for greater faith in God to be manifested? Could it be an opportunity for a miracle?

What obstacle is facing you? Could it really be a great opportunity? With Christ it can!

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