Opportunity in crisis-1
Matthew 14:25 “And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.”
The Greek word “peripateō” which was used in our focal scripture to represent “walking” also has another interesting meaning. It means: “To make due use of opportunities”,
I must confess, I was super-excited when I saw this. I have since come to discover that in life, there is always opportunity in adversity.
Most of the greatest breakthroughs, inventions and greatness achieved by men, have occurred during adversity. Great men always rise to the occasion.
Perhaps one way to identify a wise man is how they make due use of opportunities. In times of crises some men break apart and breakdown while others breakthrough.
All through scriptures and even in our contemporary days, we have witnessed some phenomenal miracles during crises. These miracles happened for men who saw the opportunities embedded within the problem.
At the wedding in Cana of Galilee, there was a crisis. The wine finished and the Groom, Bride and their families were about to experience a major disgrace. Jesus was there as a guest, but in that crisis was a great opportunity. Jesus ceased it and turned water to wine. That miracle effectively launched his ministry and won him followers.
John 2:11 “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.”
At another crisis period, Jesus finished preaching to a large crowd of five thousand men excluding women and children. These folks were tired and hungry. His disciples suggested that he send them away, to go fend for themselves. Jesus knew immediately that they had a crisis on their hands.
Mark 8:3 “And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.”
Jesus knew that if he ask them to go, many would faint on the way and probably die.
To be continued…
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