Open Heavens Daily Devotional Guide by Pastor E . A Adeboye
OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2022
THEME: DIVINELY MADE II
“Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”
1 Samuel 2:30
READ: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee.
As explained yesterday, the fact that man was created in the image of God empowers him to be great in life. However, we have seen that the pronouncements of God may not necessarily manifest in the lives of individuals until the attached conditions are met. Psalm 33 : 8 – 9 says, “Let all the earth fear the Lord: Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast”. Numbers 23 : 19 says, “God is not a man, that he should lie; Neither the son of man, that he should repent: Hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Mark 13 : 31 says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away”. Furthermore, Isaiah 55 : 11 says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: It shall not return unto me void, But shall accomplish that which I please, And it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”.
It is however unfortunate that despite the plan of God for man to be great, not everyone will accomplish this, for various reasons. In the case of Cain in Genesis 4 : 10 – 14, he failed woefully because he allowed jealousy and hatred to push him to commit murder, and he incurred the course of God. In 1 Samuel 2 : 30 – 36 two young prophets were already on the path to greatness, simply by being Eli’s children, but they lost their chance by messing around with holy things, thereby desecrating the altar of God and making themselves into children of Belial. They both died miserable and untimely deaths on the same day. In the case of Gehazi in 2 Kings 5 : 20 – 27, he was in line to become the greatest national prophet of his time but ruined everything with greed. He ended up losing the glorious opportunity to be an honoured servant of God and also inherited the leprosy of Namaan. Judas Iscariot was initially numbered among the twelve disciples who learned at the feet of Jesus throughout His earthly ministry. However, he allowed greed to make him give his Master away for only thirty pieces of silver.
Do not be a hindrance to the fulfillment of God’s promises in your life, I pray you will surrender all to Jesus Christ and hold on firmly to Him. God’s promises will be fulfilled in your life, in Jesus name.
Father, please uphold me by Your power to the end, in Jesus name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 16-17
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 10: Jesus My Lord, My God, My All
- Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all,
hear me, blest Savior, when I call;
hear me, and from thy dwelling place
pour down the riches of thy grace.
Jesus, my Lord, I thee adore;
O make me love thee more and more.
- Jesus, too late I thee have sought;
how can I love thee as I ought?
And how extol thy matchless fame,
the glorious beauty of thy name?
- Jesus, what didst thou find in me
that thou hast dealt so lovingly?
How great the joy that thou hast brought,
so far exceeding hope or thought!
- Jesus, of thee shall be my song;
to thee my heart and soul belong;
all that I have or am is thine,
and thou, blest Savior, thou art mine.