By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
A window of opportunity is afforded for one to enter in, or walk away from, depending on one's moral or biblical standing, and what is being offered. The political temperament in many nations is of such a nature that one rarely knows which way the pendulum will swing.
There is a tendency to drift away from the God of one's creation towards the ungodliness of man that has been cleverly disguised to promote acceptance. Scripture reveals that one is to walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you (John 12:35).
This could indicate a greater degree of darkness of ignorance towards God's Word; disallowing its intended purpose, with no regard to the consequences. One who walks in darkness knows not where he goes; cannot see his way, or the dangers he is exposing himself too. (Comment)
Scripture admonishes the believer to not sleep, as do others; but to watch and sober (1 Thessalonians 5:6). Others are those who have become slothful in the discharge of their duty towards God. They content themselves with the bare essentials of religion with little regard towards any exhortation to do otherwise.
For one to watch is that the believer will not give into evil practices. One is not to enter into such a window of opportunity that the enemy of one's soul, or Satan, has enhanced towards acceptance. Opportunity for such has been drastically increased, through the availability of the internet, to feed man's innermost lust of the flesh, and lust of the eyes; if one is not securely planted in God's Word.
Scripture admonishes the believer to love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 Jon 2:15-17).
The world signifies the evil desire and sin which is so much a part of human existence. The window of opportunity towards the ungodliness of man has been vastly increased in these latter days. The influence of the church to forsake such is decreasing as the church, in many Western nations, embraces worldliness and its pleasures. There is little separation of the church as in former years.
We are living in a time of enhancement towards the wrong window of opportunity because of the availability of such. The morals of yesteryear have been cast aside to feed the fleshly, rather than spiritual, side of man.
We are warned in God's Word: This know that in the last days perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1). Some of the traits are:
Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, unholy, false accusers, despisers of those that are good, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; and from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:2-5).
A window of opportunity has been afforded to enter in but God's Word condemns such a move!
Some quotes concerning opportunity are: Sail while the breeze blows, wind and tide wait for no man. While you wait for great things, the door of little ones may close. The secret for success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Many of these quotes remind one of a window of opportunity, in Noah's day, which was ignored until it was too late. Scripture reveals that Noah was a preacher of righteousness but that only eight persons were saved from the flood brought by God upon the ungodly (2 Peter 2:5).
Scripture reveals that Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. It points out that in Noah's generation, the earth was corrupt before God, and was filled with violence (Genesis 6:9-11). We can see similarities in our present day setting.
God said to Noah: The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and I will destroy them with the earth (Genesis 6:13). Noah had separated himself from the wickedness of man and followed the Lord. A lesson that needs to be instilled in the heart of every believer who has decided to follow the Lord.
Noah's walk with God was not in vain; for after preparing an ark, according to God's specifications, the Lord said to him: Come, you and all your house into the ark. And I will cause it to rain forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from the face of the earth.
The window of opportunity, for those outside the ark (the ungodly and unrepentant) was shut by God (Genesis 7:16). And all whose nostrils was the breath of life died. Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark (Genesis 7:23).
Scripture reveals times when the window of opportunity is closed; one of which has been mentioned already, when God shut the door of the ark and those outside its safety perished.
The prophet Hosea revealed a time that Israel of old would go with their flocks and their herds to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him; he had withdrawn himself from them (Hosea 5:6). Hosea in speaking the Word of the Lord, said:
My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you (Hosea 4:6).
The cause of their lack of knowledge was not from a shortage of information (because God's prophets; such as Hosea, had warned the people), but rather from rejection of the window of opportunity afforded them.
The prophet Hosea cried out: Hear the word of the Lord; for the Lord has a controversy (or charge against) with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land (Hosea 4:1). Because of a refusal to repent; the window of opportunity, as previously read, was closed.
Does the Lord have a controversy (or charge against) once godly nations? How long will His long-suffering last? How long will the window of opportunity last? Will it one day be closed as the door of the ark in Noah's day?
Scripture reveals: The heavens and the earth, which are now, are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7).
Scripture reveals the nature of the ungodly: Those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness. They speak evil of the things that they understand not; who shall utterly perish in their own corruption.
Spots they are and blemishes, reveling themselves with their own deceiving while they feast with you. They have forsaken the right way and are gone astray. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the gloom of darkness is reserved forever (2 Peter 2:10-17).
2 Chronicles 7:14 reveals a door of opportunity: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
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