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God's Appointments

"Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass."1

Late one evening a professor sat at his desk working on the next day's lectures. He shuffled through the papers and mail placed there by his housekeeper. He began to throw them in the wastebasket when one magazine—not even addressed to him but delivered to his office by mistake—fell open to an article titled, "The Needs of the Congo Mission."

The professor began reading it idly, but then was consumed by these words: "The need is great here. We have no one to work the northern province of Gabon in the central Congo. And it is my prayer as I write this article that God will lay His hand on one—one on whom, already, the Master's eyes have been cast—that he or she shall be called to this place to help us." The professor closed the magazine and wrote in his diary: "My search is over.”2

He gave himself to the Congo. His name? Albert Schweitzer!

If you know about the marvelous missionary service done by Albert Schweitzer, you will realize that it was no accident that this magazine was delivered to Schweitzer's mailbox "by mistake" and then fell open at the article, "The Needs of the Congo Mission," as he was about to throw it in the trash.

Over and over again each of us who are committed to following Christ in our daily life can also testify to God's appointments in our life. And as we look back over the past, we can trace the footprints of God leading and guiding every step of the way. And they will keep doing so until the end of life's journey and we meet Jesus face to face and hear his, "Welcome home, good and faithful servant."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that my life is in Your hands. Thank You, too, that You lead and guide me every step of the way when I daily commit and trust my life and way to You. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 37:5 (NKJV).
2. Leadership, Vol. 12 No. 3.


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Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise stated.