God has more methods than we can imagine to fulfill each of His perfect plans. He is our sovereign, creative, wise Father who uses different venues to arrange a meeting with us. Because He longs for us to be with Him, and spend time with Him, He will use whatever He sees will work to get us on board with making that relationship happen and grow. How does he arrange the meetings? Here are a few ways we can find in the Bible:
God uses pain. In Pslam 55:4, David wrote that “My heart is severely pained within me.” Reading further on in that Psalm, we get the idea that David understood that God was arranging a meeting with him, and he made a commitment in verses 16 and 17. He wrote “As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.” When we are in pain, we are closer to God than any other time.
God uses circumstances. Reading the gospel of John, chapter 4, we cannot believe that it was a mere coincidence that Jesus sat down by the well in Samaria. God Himself arranged the meeting between Jesus (the Living Water) and the woman who could not find satisfaction. Not only the woman found Living Water and eternal satisfaction in Jesus, but so did “many of the Samaritans of that city” who believed in Him because of her testimony (verse 39) AND…the many more who “believed because of His (Jesus’) own word”. (v. 41) He arranged the meeting for each person, and used the circumstances to make it take place.
God uses other people. After having been beaten with many stripes, Paul and Silas were thrown into prison. We read in Acts chapter 16 that God used their imprisonment in the city of Philippi to arrange a meeting with the jailer. They were God’s chosen instruments to save the jailer and his whole family. God can use another person’s example, their words, their courage, their faith, or whatever He chooses to arrange a meeting with us, too!
God arranges the meeting and sends the invitation! To the burdened, He says “Come unto Me” (Matthew 11:28). When we’ve sinned, He invites: “Come now, and let us reason together; though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” (Isaiah 1:18). When we are in need, He tells us to “Come boldly to the throne of grace” (Heb. 4:16).
God isn’t pushy. He arranges the meeting, gives the invitation, and waits at the door. That’s how He does it. He promises that “If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I WILL COME IN TO HIM and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20) David accepted the invitation. So did the Samaritan woman and her friends, as well as the Philippian jailer and his family. Their lives were changed because of the meeting. It’s our choice to accept the invitation or not. I want to! How about you?