6 Characteristics of a Divine Appointment

What is a Divine Appointment?

Divine AppointmentA Divine appointment is a moment in time, in which:

  • You encounter God
  • You come across a person or group that is significant in God’s purposes for you, or
  • A circumstance takes place, that you realize has been set up by the Holy Spirit

It is a miracle moment.

You may have entered a Divine appointment, knowing it is one. But often, a Divine appointment is unexpected! It is only during or afterward, that you become aware of its significance.

A Divine appointment is an event that has been orchestrated by God.

6 Characteristics of a Divine Appointment

1. A Divine Appointment Often Takes Place in a Vulnerable Moment

It was a day Jacob later referred to, as “the day of his distress” (Gen 35:3).
He was fleeing for his life, away from his childhood home—and his murderous brother.

Late that day, Jacob reached a stony, lonely place. “A certain place” (Gen 28:11).
The night was coming on, and he could travel no further.

Jacob had no idea he was about to encounter God. For he hadn’t stopped there by choice—only necessity.

A Divine appointment often happens when we are at the end of our capability.

And this is the grace of God! For He is saying to many of us today, “Where you are—this place, this moment, this season in your life: I am with you.”

You may have ended up somewhere you weren’t expecting.
It may seem dry; it may be hard.
You may feel vulnerable in some way.
But He says, “This is your place of Divine appointment.”

2. A Divine Appointment Turns Your Distress to Worship

That night, lying on the hard ground, Jacob had a dream.

  • He saw a staircase reaching from Heaven to earth, with angels traveling up and down it
  • Above the stairs, stood God Almighty—telling Jacob of his identity, his purpose and destiny!

He awoke and realized, “This place—is not what I thought”.
He had stumbled into a Divine appointment.

And Jacob declared with wonder,
“How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” (Gen 28:17)

Because of that encounter with God, the place of Jacob’s distress turned into a place of worship.

“Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel” (Gen 28:19, NIV)

Today, hear your Father say, “I love you! I am here!”

As God interrupts the darkness with His glory, your heart will turn towards Him in worship.

3. At the Divine Appointment, Your Perspective is Changed

At Bethel, Jacob’s expectations changed.
He was no longer running from his past—he was stepping into his future.

“He called that place Bethel” (Gen 28:19).
Jacob renamed his location.

From now on, future generations knew that place as “Bethel”, meaning “the House of God”.

Today you can anticipate, that as He did for Jacob, God is giving you grace to rename your location.

  • Dry, tough place
  • Hard place
  • Place of waiting
  • Challenging place

You realize, “This is my place of Divine appointment. God is in this location!”

4. At the Divine Appointment, Your Fear Meets God’s Favor

In his flight from home, Jacob was motivated by fear—and probably, stung by regret.
He had just cheated his brother Esau out of his father’s blessing.
Now, Esau was plotting to murder him.

He was alone, his father Isaac was dying, and Jacob would never see his beloved mother again.

  • In spite of all of that, at the height of Jacob’s pain, God showed up in His glory

Instead of shaming him, God called, “Jacob! I’ve chosen you!”

Fear met the favor of God—and Jacob was never the same again.

Today, receive the touch of the Holy Spirit upon the eyes of your heart.
Be assured that God is present in your pain.
And not only that, He doesn’t shame you for your mistakes.
Instead, He extends His favor towards you.

Jesus reaches out His hand through your fear, to rescue you.

5. At the Divine Appointment, God Reveals His Grace to You

A painful circumstance is usually complex.
And in Jacob’s situation, it was not only that he had failed.
His family had also failed him.

  • Our messy situation, or painful transition, may be the result of others’ mistakes, as well as our own
  • We may recognize our own flawed choices have, in part, led to where we are

And yet, and this is the very place God shows up. Here, your Father says, “I choose you!”

There was nothing Jacob had done to deserve this favor.
God’s favor towards Jacob was not based on personal merit: it was founded on covenant.
Simply, Jacob was an heir to the promises given to his father and grandfather.

And like Jacob, you are an heir of a covenant; and of a promise, through faith in Christ. [2]

Now, no matter what has been before, He says, “I have a hope and a future for you.” (Jer 29:11)

6. In a Divine Appointment, Everything Changes

Jacob’s life was changed by the revelation of an open heaven above him.

Up until now, Jacob had not known God personally. To Jacob, He was the God of his father and grandfather.
But from this time on, He would be known as “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”. [3]

In the midst of his pain, Jacob was assured of his identity and purpose.
And years later, he led his own children back to Bethel.

  • Another generation had a worship encounter with God.

When we are led by the Holy Spirit, every moment is sacred.
But a Divine appointment stands out as a tipping point—afterward, things will never be the same.

This is your miracle moment.

[1] You can read the story of Jacob’s encounter with God at Bethel in Genesis 28.
[2] 1 Cor 11:25, 2 Cor 3:6, Gal 3:16, Gal 4:21-31
[3] Gen 50:24, Exodus 3:6

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54 thoughts on “6 Characteristics of a Divine Appointment”

  1. Dear Helen
    Thank you so much for your post. It has really ministered to me and I am refreshed. Since last week I have been through extremely challenging time when I have been critisised, bullied, blamed, mocked etc. I am looking forward to my divine moment from now on. I was just crying out to GOD in prayer just before I read this. GOD is so good. Thank you again. GOD bless.

    1. Hi Francisca, receive His strength and courage today. You are loved, you are chosen, you are approved. This is His favor over you <3

  2. Dear Helen,

    I thank Jesus for the accurate prophetic word he has given you to minister to us.i have experienced the dry, tough place, hard place, place of waiting and the challenging place and im asking the holy spirit when he will give me the grace to rename the location.
    The message God has used you to share comes as a confirmation that everything is turning around for the glory of God. Thank you for answering Jesus call into ministry.


    1. Hi Tracy, I love that He promises us the streams and rivers in the desert, and that the wilderness is our place of Divine appointment. I pray this over you
      Isaiah 41:18
      “I will open rivers in desolate heights,
      And fountains in the midst of the valleys;
      I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
      And the dry land springs of water.”

  3. Dear Helen,
    Thanks so much for the prophetic word you enrich us with. May God bless you abundantly.
    Just like Jacob, I’m also stuck on a very dry ground. Deep in my heart am strong & believing that God is in control but things don’t change.
    I lost my job in June this year. I was put in prison for 9 days for something I didn’t do. In the prison I preached the gospel & inmates got saved & most of them were released. Now without a job I concentrated on serving God through the gift He gave me, the gift of prophecy. I didn’t have time while working to serve God & it always hurt me to the bones. I really love it when I deliver God’s messages to His people to an extent that even if am hungry I don’t feel the hunger.
    I have a family of three sons & a wife. I find it difficult to cater for them. I think about their education, food, clothing etc. I pray to God to elevate me to a level where I can be able to meet my obligations. Please pray for me too.
    God bless.

    1. Hi Geoffrey, yes I pray that God’s source of provision will open up for you!
      In Nehemiah chapter 4 those who worked on the wall – for a time – built the wall with one hand whilst carrying a weapon in the other, so that their city and families would be protected. There are times when we need to multi-task for our families, serve God in ministry and serve Him in employment too, whilst it appears to slow things down we see in Nehemiah it actually brought glory to God. The wall continued to be built! They were the champions. So if you need to work with one hand and preach with the other for a season, you can glorify God that way. He has all the time in the world! I pray you and your family are enlarged and provided for in every way.

  4. Hello Helen
    i just received your word today and it speaks directly to my current situation. I have no family members in my life so i have to struggle to do everything on my own. I owned a house before but through my sin and disobedience to God i lost it. I went away from the place i was born kidding myself that i was looking for new adventure but the truth was that i was running away. I k now i have sinned against the Lord for not valuing what He gave me back then. Now i have had the feeling for a long time to return to the place of my birth. But there is a big problem i do not have any where to live and no one else in my life.

    I have been praying to God to please provide me with another house. And also to be able to return back to the place i was born. I have also been asking God to open up opportunities for me to not just go back but to do something for His Kingdom in the poorest areas of our community there. But it is as if the Lord is not wanting me to do that. I have been asking God to show me His will but sill no answer. I just know there must be somewhere where the Lord wants me to be. I also want to bear more fruit of His spirit. Please Pray for me . Maybe i am not asking in the right way.

    Thank you for your kindness.

    God bless you and keep you.

    1. Hi Catharina, I’m praying for you right now, to know God’s steps for you. Psalm 18v36 says, He enlarges the path underneath us – where we are stepping, right now, and I pray that for you. God is wise, and He knows how much we can take and how fast we can go. He is not a hurry. I love this passage on his wisdom
      ‘But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.’ (James 3:17-18)

  5. Dear Helen,
    Thank you so much for this timely teaching. It is indeed from God, through His chosen vessel. My life is at a point where I am even asking God as to what is still there for me to do to come out of this despairing atmosphere. The place where I am working now I feel all I want is now transfer, and where I fellowship, I need to move to some overseeing with higher anointing. I recently felt that if it was possible, I would even relocate from my home village. This is all because I feel nothing is going for me, from various angles of my life.
    But glory be to God who is just about to show up. I am strengthened to stand and wait upon the Lord from whom my help comes.
    May the Lord keep you and your ministry Helen. Your teachings and prophecies always come just when I needed them most. Keep blessed always.

  6. Hi Bonnie, God bless you in your perseverance and your faithfulness! He will meet you in your hunger for Him. I pray that you will rise and that the atmosphere will shift and enlarge around about you. His timing is perfect.

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