Today’s Reading: Acts 15:36-16:15 (additional reading: Psalm 142:1-7 & Proverbs 17:24-25)
She was a successful business woman, actually she was a successful business owner and that was virtually unheard of in the time and society she lived in. Remember this was 2000 years ago in a culture that was slightly male centered; actually it was very male centered.Females weren’t exactly chattel but they weren’t exactly equals either. And here was a woman who was not identified by whose wife she was instead she was identified by what she did. She was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth.
And she was a woman who had an appointment with destiny. It was the Sabbath and Lydia had gathered with a group of women to pray at the edge of the river that flowed past the city of Philippi.
Charles Spurgeon had this to say “She (Lydia) was a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, but just at the right time for hearing Paul we find her at Philippi; providence, which is the handmaid of grace, led her to the right spot.” The week before Paul wasn’t there, a week later and he wasn’t there but that day he was. If Lydia had decided to sleep in that morning, or go to the flea market, or mow the lawn or spend the day at the beach she would have missed it. But it was the
Sabbath and she had gone to meet God and she did. There is a great promise in the book of Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.
When is the right time? When you decide to seek Him you will find him, is that today? Only you can answer that question but Paul would probably tell you the same thing he told people 2000 years ago in 2 Corinthians 6:2 For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation.
When is the right time to meet God? Right now. You have no idea what will happen in your life today, so why wait any longer? It wasn’t enough that Lydia was in the right place at the right time, she made The Right Decision!