“Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.” Proverbs 3:34 (NASB)
God gives grace to the “afflicted.” The word “afflicted” comes from a Hebrew word, “Anav,” that means, “poor, afflicted, humble, and meek.” Do you see a common theme? God responds to needy people who cry out for help in spite of their natural impulse to try to fight through or fix their own problems. To be afflicted is to experience a TEACHABLE MOMENT.
The “fisher of men” needs to remember that he cannot convince a person of his or her need for a Savior. This is something that only the Holy Spirit can do. Once a person is convicted of their sin and their need for a Savior, then they are in position to repent and receive the gift of eternal life. That is a TEACHABLE MOMENT
A “fisher of men” is wise to watch for “afflicted” characteristics as he shares the Gospel. Noticing this characteristic will reinforce the urgency of the moment and encourage you as you share the Gospel and encourage a response of repentance and faith. Never forget that success as a “fisher of men” can be summed up as:
Sharing the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.
“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;” John 16:8 (NASB)