Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.” (Job 5:26).
READ: Acts 12:1-11
People’s destinies differ. Even the destinies of identical twins are different. There may be several pastors under the same spiritual cover, yet, all of them have different destinies. For instance, in Acts 12:1-11, James and Peter were arrested by the same king over the same issue. James, the biological brother of John, was killed while Peter was rescued. If God could send an angel to rescue Peter, could He not have sent the same angel or another angel to rescue James? Yes, He could have, but they had different destinies. One lesson from this is that you cannot go until you have finished your heavenly assignment on earth. Anyone working to terminate your life prematurely shall be disappointed.
In addition, the death of someone around you does not necessarily mean that you are next in line. There are those who, when they lose a loved one, would begin to prepare to go next. No! Everyone has his or her appointment with death. Everyone has his or her own destiny. When your time is up, you leave the scene. It is therefore wrong for a woman who has just lost a beloved husband to give up on life. Usually, when a spouse in a closely knit couple goes to be with the Lord, the survivor may feel there is nothing to live for and begin to call on death to take him or her away. This is very wrong! When your spouse goes, praise God. It means his or her time is up. But you have to live out your life to its fullest. If you go before your time, you will have query to answer before God. God has His reasons for calling a spouse home and leaving the other. Ask God why you were left behind and ask also for the grace to fulfil His purpose. Are you always scared of going next after someone close to you dies? Are you constantly being tormented by the spirit of death? In the name of Jesus Christ, that yoke of death upon you is destroyed today. You shall not die before your time. You shall fully satisfy Heaven’s mandate over your life and destiny.
Visit widows/widowers and encourage them to stay strong to fulfil their destinies. Pray with their families and bless them materially.
Bible in One year: 2 Cor. 7-9