Any opportunity in life that does not match the assurance from God is a trap in disguise.
Opportunity sometimes is an alternative to assurance, and could be very appealing. (Genesis 16:1-4)
Opportunity could be an advantage but eventually regretful. (Genesis 3:1-8
Opportunity is an immediate gratification with what is available. (Genesis 16:1-4)
Assurance is superior to opportunity
Assurance may linger but brings joy in the morning (Psalm 30:5)
Assurance comes with pictorial message (Jeremiah 1:11-12; Genesis 13:14-17; Genesis 15:4-5)
Righteousness is in assurance (Genesis 15:4-6)
CASE STUDY 1: ABRAHAM AND SARAH
God gives assurance. His assurance is the spoken word to you but the devil always comes to offer alternative in opportunity.
In Genesis chapter 15, there was nothing to show for it but God assured Abraham of a son, and never to set his eyes on his servant as his heir.
“Some time later, the LORD spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.” Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” Genesis 15:1-5 (NLT)
But in Genesis 16 Satan offered alternative (opportunity) through Sarai;
“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “The LORD has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram had settled in the land of Canaan.) So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant…” verses 1-4 (NLT)
Always cross check with God (Proverbs 3:5-6) whenever opportunity presents itself, even if it seems complimentary to what God had told you earlier.
Satanic opportunity always shows up through someone close to you, people you can trust and environment you are familiar with.
God gives assurance but Satan offers opportunity.
Remember, the “just shall live by faith”, and not by sight.