© Carlos Padilla, January 2018

On the 20th of July 1969 Neil Armstrong placed his foot the surface of the moon before the eyes of millions of people in television, and left the famous sentence: “This is a small step for man, but a great jump for humanity”. We could say that Armstrong had the gift of opportunity, not only for being one of the 12 men who have walked on the moon in Apollo missions, but for being the first of all. But really it was his colleague Buzz Aldrin who was the most opportune of both, even though he was second, but we will deal with this afterwards. Neither would the Apollo space ship be the more remembered, but the Space Shuttle (picture-Atlantis) which have made the International Space Station possible, amongst other purposes. But the gift of opportunity consist, not only in knowing how to take advantage of the opportunities that God grants us in life, but in being opportune in daily life. The Magi from the east where opportune when they followed the star that guided them to Bethlehem, and opportunely adored the Son of God.  They followed the sign from heaven, an opportunity. Likewise, the shepherd that guarded the vigils of the night opportunely went to see the Child Jesus and worshiped Him following the opportunity given by the angels of God. Do we follow the opportunities that God grants us in life, in our relationship with Him and in daily life? Are we opportune in our relationship with others searching and listening to the guide of God? When someone hears the Gospel, is having the opportunity of being saved; to receive it is at hand. If you think it is important to be opportune and the gift of opportunity by the hand of God.

To be opportune is a great gift, no doubt on that which God dominates, as it is Him who rules it. Many think it is all down to luck and that nothing can be done, while others make all kind of psychosocial studies to try to dominate the situation. One way or another, to be opportune can be a blessing, and to be inopportune a curse. Are we opportune and do we know how to dominate situations, both the unexpected as those we await for? King Solomon was opportune in his famous “Solomon judgment” when He judged between the two mothers and two babies, one dead and one alive, which both clamed as theirs, ordering that it would be cut in half and each part given to each of them, 1 Kings 3:16-28.

Although the Bible does not tell of a gift of opportunity as such, it does tell about opportunity as something that God grants us if we seek in Him the guide of our lives. God gives us gifts and provides opportunities; it depends on us that we take advantage of them. The key is to recognize that we need to receive the blessing of being opportune and to take advantage of His opportunities as soon as possible, because the gift of opportunity may change your life.



In our lives we will find situations where we must try to be opportune, but there will be others where everything will come so fast that it will be impossible to control how and when to be opportune, or what to do and not to do, say, etc. It is in these situations in where we will depend more on the circumstances, but if our relationship with God is good and personal, we must pray that He will keep us and guide us in these situations, if we want Him to guide our lives.

In both cases a Christian must pray for God to help him in Christ to be opportune, through the inner guide of the Holy Spirit Who abides inside the Christian. Important situations in life, like what to study, what to work on, who to marry, how to deal with your kids, etc., are so relevant that must be part of our permanent prayers. During my life I have experienced when I have not been opportune, the consequences and what it costs to amend the situation, and sometimes you cannot. I´m sure this sounds familiar. When good deeds are made, the gift or opportunity must shine, because we may think that we do good to someone by giving money and it may use it for bad, for alcohol or drugs. It may be better to give food, or to send to a church or help centre, or to dedicate time to talk. Prayer in these cases, again, is important. One must evaluate all situations. To choose the profession or carrier or work that is opportune, changes people’s lives, like it does to marry the right person. To educate your children right bears fruit. And so on, a long etc., of matters that must be spoken with our Master, the Wise our Father who loves us and provides us of His Word, the Bible, as well as prayer and His daily intervention.

Many will find themselves reflected in these examples: When to ask her to marry and how to do it; how to leave certain “friends”; how to do it; how to leave a church and how to inform it; how to title a book and when to publish it; to change city and life, if God provides the circumstances, and how to recognize them from His hand; when to sign a business contract, or of work, or how to say no; or how to be one of the astronauts who went to the moon. The story of Neil Armstrong as the first man on the moon was indeed opportune for him, and an opportunity or occasion that God gave him and that he took advantage of. What many do not know is that, even though Armstrong was the first to step on the moon, his colleague Buzz Aldrin was the first man to take Communion, Holy Supper on the moon, and act that NASA took long to recognize, and that is in the book of Aldrin “Magnificent Desolation”. There were 12 men who stepped on the moon in the Apollo missions, from 11 to 17 with exception of 13 that was obliged to turn around and abort landing due to the detachment of a panel. No dough the more opportune of all was Aldrin, who knew how to take advantage of this unique occasion to glorify God, to read the words of Jesus on the moon, and to remember His death and resurrection. The 12 astronauts had a great opportunity, but Adrin was the opportune for God and the Church.



We read of the example of Buzz Aldrin, how to take advantage of a unique opportunity and be opportune at the same time. Opportunity requires denying one’s self in many occasions, as the situation in common with our neighbour usually has different interests in pro of a relationship of peace and love amongst our loved ones, of peace and friendship amongst others. Many take advantage of every opportunity in their own benefit, not thinking on the others, and at first sight it seems that it goes well for them for years, but there are too many stories of people who end up on their own and loose it all, and everyone, including God.

Another important component of the gift of opportunity is to have a life plan with the guide of God. Without God one lives searching for a personal plan made by ourselves, that may or not develop, but may change with the years. But if one lives having “sat down” with God regularly, until one has a plan for living, one may know how to behave, what and when to expect, and what to reject. This last thing is one of the battle fields of our lives. But also, sometimes, when one knows that he must do something in particular, and for taking longer than one would like, begins to consider other options, there we must persevere in life; of course, when through faith, one has the evidence of things not seen, in the sense of what to expect, because the Spirit confirms it. Many ask how to know certain things. The only answer that I know, I also read it these days from evangelist Billy Graham in his 99th birthday in which he encouraged everyone to everyday read the Bible and pray: “Go to your knees and pray until you and God have become intimate friends”.

We are called to take advantage of the opportunities that God gives us. This may be your opportunity to know Jesus Christ, Yahshua, or to recognize that you need His help to be opportune and to have the courage and determination to take advantage of the opportunities that God gives you in life. But hold, one must pray to differentiate the opportunities that God gives and those lies of the devil, who may try to deceive us in specific situations, like when Jesus was in the desert initiating His ministry and he offered Him all the kingdoms of the world if He would adore him, Matthew 4. Jesus replied with determination rejecting him firmly and continuing His purpose for our salvation, because He loves us.



Every fulfilled prophecy it is for being opportune, in the designated moment and the way it was foretold.

How opportune was Noah when he obeyed and built the arch. Humanity had another chance to know God! Genesis.

How opportune was Moses when he returned to Egypt and took out Israel so the legacy that would bring Jesus, the Messiah to earth as the Saviour of all nations, could be fulfilled! Exodus.

How opportune was David when he persevered until he conquered Jerusalem and raised the kingdom that would bring the Messiah! Books of Samuel.

How opportune was Peter when he started the evangelization of the Jews. Book of Acts.

How opportune was the apostle Paul when he started the evangelization of the Gentile nations! Book of Acts.

How opportune was John the evangelist when he believed and wrote the Revelation that God gave him for the Church until the end of time! Book of Revelation.

How opportune will Jesus Christ be when He returns the day and the time that only He knows, to take His Church and establish the Kingdom of God! 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. All these are fulfilled prophecies foretold in the Bible in advance.

Yahshua, Jesus Christ, therefore is the most opportune person of history. Born, lived, died, raised, ascended and will return in the opportune instant designated by Himself; it could not be in any other way. Jesus Christ will fulfil those prophecies pending fulfilment: Revelations 1:7 opportunely.



I returned and saw under the sun that: The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favour to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all
.” Ecclesiastes 9:11.


Magnificent Text of wisdom in which we find how we all have a chance and an opportunity to search for the guide of God in life, because everyone may opt to live by the hand of God for blessing, or live by their own criteria and then find themselves alone, before their own decisions and consequences. How opportune one is when one seeks God!


So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.” Daniel 6:4.

An example of a person of integrity before God, and how God, knowing that in this world, the enemy seeks us to confront us, God fights for us, and even though sometimes it seems that we are losing the battle, at the end we see how the victory is of God and of those who love Him; case of Daniel.

And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.” Marcos 14:11.

This is a clear example of how the devil and his servants look for the opportunity to do evil. Judas betrayed the Lord delivering Him.

Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” Acts 24:25.

In this Text we find how governor Felix, having seen the truth of the Gospel clearly, having had the opportunity of his life to be saved, excuses himself and hides in another chance of a convenient time, another opportunity when he would call Paul. The truth is that when one sees the truth clearly it is a spiritual hecatomb in the inside that may produce an immediate reaction, or the need to “digest” it for some days, because one must repent and be opportune, taking the correct decision in that opportunity.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do well to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10.

When God grants us the opportunity to do well to our brothers, let us do so, and to all, praying when we have doubts about how, or if the way that a priori is evident is the correct way thinking of the consequences of what will are about to do. We should prefer discretion and anonymity, when possible.

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1ss.

This is a Text that unifies opportunity, chance, wisdom, knowledge of prophecy to come, and even though warns us Christians who await for the coming of the Lord.



This New Year 2018 may be the beginning of the gift of opportunity for daily life. How good is to be opportune with our loved ones! Between marriages, to wait and act with love, with the children when and how is needed, with fiends in the opportune moment, with those who need help, the way it is opportune. How good is to seek the help of our God, Who is always ready, in Christ, to guide us through His Spirit in all that we place in His hands!

How many discussions would be avoided if one was opportune and had self control. Surely many have the gift of opportunity and use it for evil, to heart, it would look as the evil ones are shrewder and provoke wars, conflicts, divorces, destruction. We are not called to be opportune for evil, but for good, for the glory of God. If truly you want to bless your life, the life of your loved ones, of your neighbour, to be opportune for God and for your life and take advantage of the chances and opportunities that God gives you in life, don´t stop praying for this gift. You will see a change in your life that you had never imagined, and it will be for the glory of God. Noah was opportune by building the arch, like was Moses returning to Egypt, or David standing the persecution of Saul, and so were the Magi following the star, like were Peter and Paul evangelizing in the Great Commission, and John providing the last prophecies of Revelation, or Adrin celebrating Holy Supper on the moon. But like they have been, we can also be, we need to obey God. Jesus Christ denied Himself and submitted to the Father to die on the Cross, obeying until the end, fulfilled the prophecy, took advantage of the opportunity and the chance to save us for eternity; is the more opportune person of history. If we know that we have a mission of God before us we must obey God until the end. In the meantime let us be opportune every day for God’s love and for our neighbour.

Closing prayer: Lord, I give thanks for placing in my mouth those adequate words, for placing in my heart the adequate reaction and the brotherly treat, the one I would like to be treated with in each circumstance, because due to immediateness, one cannot control these situations, but You, Lord, already know each of them. I also give thanks to you for letting me see those opportunities that come from You, and to have the determination of taking advantage of them, and to reject those who are not yours. This I ask for all those who, with sincere heart come to You in equal manner and are now reading. In the name of Jesus, Yahshua. Amen!



  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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