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 take 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 afterwards, 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).
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.

This is the grace of God—that 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 expectation 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—afterwards, 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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52 thoughts on “6 Characteristics of a Divine Appointment”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Hi Helen, first I would like to say thank you for all you do. Your blog is a blessing to me. I have a prayer request. I have a huge desire in my heart that I believe was put there by the Lord to have a child. I am a mother of 4 my children are 24,14, 11, and 9. I was at a point in my life before I came to know Christ as my Savior and thought I didnt want anymore children, but over the last 2 years I have had su h a huge desire to have more children. I have even prayed that this desire be removed if it isnt of the Lord and it just keeps growing more and more. Will you please pray with me that the Lord fufill this desire and I become pregnant. Thank you in advance for praying. Blessings!

  4. I am a new subscriber to your email list. I am so glad when one pops in my email. There is always something that speaks directly to me. I am in the middle of some painful and also awesome things and seeing how the Lord speaks to me has been such an encouragement to me. I had a “Divine Appointment” yesterday and in pondering everything that happened, I came across this article and was blown away and so refreshed by the Lord’s assurances and promises to me. I am so hungry for more of Jesus. Nothing I could ever desire compares with Him.

    1. Hi Lauren, that’s awesome!
      I love that you “pondered” – reminded me of this
      “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19). Reflecting on what God is saying and doing is more significant than we realize

  5. I love this more…
    (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).
    I strongly believe that this is my miracle moment.
    Thank you so much Helen for allowing the Holy Spirit to always use you in a timely way.

  6. I’d like to relate a circumstance that happened to me this year that speaks of divine encounters and the testing that God puts us though.

    In April, my work from home job was eliminated. I had been praying for God to replace this job and give me another with similar characteristics.

    In July, I was 1000 miles from home at a conference when I ran into a company, with which I am strongly connected, having their own corporate conference. I struck up a conversation with a high level executive who mentioned they were looking for someone to do the exact same job I had just lost a few months earlier. I felt like this was a divine encounter to replace my job!! I even said it multiple times during my conversation with this person.

    That night and continuing at home, I felt a check that I shouldn’t apply for this job even though it seemed like the “stars had aligned”. I had no peace. I reached out to two different execs by email asking questions about the job, but neither of them responded. I began to be confused—wasn’t this the job God had for me? Was I being lazy and really not wanting to work? Was I making excuses? I finally decided to ask God to close the doors if this was not what he had for me. The day previous I had seen the job posted online but when I went to apply the job was gone. Door closed!!

    The thing I knew God was saying to me was don’t make assumptions about anything. Check with him every step of the way. We often take steps assuming that he is doing one thing when he is doing something completely different. We take the bull by the horns, living by the knowledge of good and evil and not by the divine nature indwelling us.

    Was this a divine encounter? Absolutely! But he was doing something completely different than what I assumed at the beginning. This has been an exercise in trust and obedience. And reminding me that as his sheep I do know his voice!

    1. That is so, so true Vara. And your testimony is a very important one! You are developing wisdom and discernment in your journey with God, we all need this lesson (I’m still learning)

  7. Pastor I thank you for this prophetic word and I trust in GOD that I would have my Divine encounter right here in my workplace and wait on him. I pray for my answers and hold my faith on a very strong and high expectation that he would bless my with my increase that I strongly believed that I deserved. It’s long overdue and I know that my GOD would do it for me in 2020. Thanks again for this great message.

  8. Hello thank you. Jacob had a dream. I have one question. I had a dream about a lion. He was walking slow and wasn’t chasing me. I was nervous because it was a big animal. Please help me

  9. Hi Addie, I don’t give dream interpretations, but encourage you to look into the Biblical symbolism –
    for example, a lion can represent the Lord, can represent us (righteous are as bold as a lion) and also the enemy. The meaning will depend upon your circumstances (personal context). But ALWAYS take a redemptive view (the good God is revealing).
    For example, if I’d dreamed that right now, in my context God is showing me that HE is bigger and more awe-inspiring than I have previously considered. Yet still my loving Father and an invitation to know Him in the “more”. I love that.

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