Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was goodly child, she hid him three months.” (Exodus 2:2)
READ: Numbers 13:26-33
If you do not know the purpose of your existence, you will look down on yourself and envy those who should be envying you. May the Lord open your eyes to know your purpose on earth, and may you fulfil that purpose. “And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was goodly child, she hid him three months” (Exodus 2:2). Another vital lesson here is that perception is key to discovery, possession and recovery. How you see a thing affects its response to you, your response to it and the response of others to it. It is very crucial you see things from the right perspective or else you may become a victim of poor perception.
“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” (Num 13:33). When the Israelites were sent to spy out the Promised Land, their focus separated them. What you focus on is what dominates you. What you focus on is what determines the end of the matter. For the ten Israelites, all they could see were the giants – trouble, obstacle. And because they focused on the wrong object, their focus became their obstacle. Their focus became their undoing. Two of them (Caleb and Joshua), however, focused on the almighty God so they had victory. Be very careful about the side of the divide that grabs your attention in any given situation. Each time you focus on the problem, you cannot see or appreciate the solution even when it is right before your eyes.
Similarly, how people see a given situation determines what they can get from it. The ten spies saw the giants and in consequence could not possess the land. The brave duo saw the mightiness of their God and they inherited the land. A particular pastor enrolled in a business programme some years ago. He also assisted some of his pastor friends to enroll for the same programme. But not long after, his pastor friends saw it as a hindrance to their ministry and so abandoned the programme. He, however, saw it as a facilitator to his ministry and so it was. Each one got what they saw. How you see a situation determines its response to you. Several years later, while he was flourishing from the same business and his ministry was prospering, his pastor friends who were hit by the economic recession asked why the pastor was not affected. He told them that God used the same business they abandoned to prepare him like Joseph for seven years of famine. That was when they apologize and decide to do the business programme. What do you see?
In every seemingly bad situation, there is a thread of goodness. Ask God for the grace to always see something good even when others don’t.
Bible in One year: Deut. 4-6