When Opportunity Knocks

I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase, “When opportunity knocks, be prepared to take it.” The phrase, “when opportunity knocks” may refer to the chance a person has to do something they’ve wanted to do for quite some time – perhaps take a trip to a faraway place.  It may refer to a chance to advance your career – perhaps being promoted at your workplace or accepting the job you’ve been wanting for a long time.  Be prepared to seize an opportunity when it comes your way!

Satan also understands the importance of seizing an opportunity when it comes along.  We should always be sober-minded and watchful because Satan is prowling about, seeking whom he may devour.  I Peter 5:8. When he finds an opportunity to tempt us to sin, he will take it!

No wonder Paul wrote that we are to give no opportunity to the devil. Ephesians 4:27, ESV.

I Had an Interesting Day Today

I had an interesting day today.  It started like any other Sunday for me.  I got out of bed and had breakfast.  I showered, got dressed, and was soon ready to leave the house.  It’s Sunday.  Another day to meet with other Christians and worship God!

I pulled into the church’s parking lot and was puzzled by what I saw.  There were no cars there.  I walked to the entry and pulled to open the door but it was locked.  I peered through the glass doors and saw only darkness.  The lights were off.  Where was everyone?  I had to find them!

As I drove around town, I saw some of my fellow Christians in one of the local restaurants.  They were sitting across the table from one another, laughing and having a good time.  I went in to find out why the church was locked and the lights were off.  “Don’t you know?” one of them said.  “There’s a virus out there!  We can’t meet to worship.  It’s too risky.”

I got back into my car and continued my drive.  I passed by a grocery store and saw one of my fellow Christians going in.  Ah, maybe he will know why the church’s doors were locked and the lights were off.  I had to ask him!  I had to find out!  “Don’t you know?” he said.  “There’s a virus out there.  We can’t go to church.  It’s too dangerous.”

I got back into my car, puzzled but still curious as to why the doors were locked and the lights were off.  Just down the street, I saw one of my fellow Christians leaving a convenience store.  “I bet he can tell me,” I thought.  With a coke in one hand and a candy bar in the other, he smiled and said, “Don’t you know? There’s a virus out there.  We can’t meet for worship.  It’s unsafe.”

I got back into my car, puzzled as to why so many people thought it was unsafe to meet together and worship God.  I drove around town for only a few minutes and came to a large retail store.  Several of my fellow Christians were there.  Surely, one of them can tell me why the door was locked and the lights were off.  “Oh, I came here to buy a few things my son needs for school tomorrow.  Of course, I miss going to church.  But we can’t right now.  We can’t take the risk.  There’s a virus out there!”

I got in my car and went home, still puzzled as to why it was too dangerous to meet together and worship God.