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CAC Living Water Daily Devotional Guide

THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

Friday, March 11, 2022.

TOPIC: DELAY ISN’T DENIAL (I)

Read Genesis 26:1-6

1 There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.
2 Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you.
3 Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.
4 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;
5 because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.

MEMORISE:
Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father (Genesis 26:3)

EXPOSITION
There have been challenges right from the time Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, and so, every man or woman that lives here must pass through difficult times. The question is, what do you do in your own time of challenges, when it seems you are alone in this world, or when God seems to say, ‘Hold on for so long’? Do you wait for what the Lord God will say to you? Do you trust His Word when it comes to you? Note: God’s voice is soothing and encouraging, no matter how it comes. ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope’ (Jer. 29:11).
Sometimes, believers’ breakthroughs are hidden in troubled times and places. You may have to experience a little setback or shaking before being lifted to greater heights. How do you see the “I will bless you,” “I will be with you,” “I will not leave you comfortless,” “I will make a way for you”? Instead of using the world’s yardstick to judge your circumstances, why not use God’s compass to find your way, as He knows better, and wants the best for you. Are we learning any lesson from Elimelech’s hurriedness to get out of the challenges that had duration (Ruth 1:1ff)? While he couldn’t wait for God to decide for him, Isaac listened to the voice of God and became great, even in a difficult time and place (Gen. 26:1ff).
Now, part of Jesus Christ’s parting words to us in the book of Revelation is, ‘And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work’ (Rev. 22:12). Hope you are not beginning to see Him as having tarried too long to make you doubt Him? Receive the power to keep waiting, trusting and obeying Him, in Jesus’ name.

PRAYER POINTS

  1. Lord, please help me to see You in all I will pass through in life.
  2. My Father, help me never to hang up in life situations when You are saying ‘hold on’.
  3. Pray for CAC Babajide Region, our father in the Lord, the Superintendent, and its officers at the various levels, as led by the Spirit of God.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Joshua 5 – 7

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