Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb. 6:12).
READ: Genesis 37:5-11
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:1). The Lord wants you to arise because there is a link between time and destiny. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”. One’s destiny in God is expected to be realized within a specified time. God has a timetable for every one and for every event. Unfortunately, because God’s timetable is at variance with ours, many of us tend to neglect it. A young and very zealous brother, who had the opportunity to hear very clearly from God, received very wonderful promises in his teens. Forty years after, he is still expecting God to fulfil them. He had waited impatiently on the Lord for several years, now he has learnt to wait patiently on God. If God promised you something, be prepared to let Him do it in His time or else your impatience will get you into trouble.
One classical example here is Joseph. In his early teens, he already had a glimpse of his destiny. He knew God’s plan for his life although he did not have the details. How many of our teenagers today know God’s plan for their lives? If you are close enough to God, He will give you sufficient information about your destiny fit for your age. Joseph’s destiny did not come to pass just because he was aware of it. He had to go through certain stages and experiences over a period of years. He tasted slavery, imprisonment, and abandonment by a forgetful butler, all these as preparation for his destiny (Gen. 40:1-23). But at the right time, Joseph was remembered and brought out of the prison straight to the throne. Do you know that if Joseph has been remembered earlier and brought out of prison prematurely, he probably would have decided to return to his family? That would have meant the end of the destiny God had ordained for him. Does it seem as if you are forgotten? It is likely deliberate. All is working for your good. At the right time, you shall be remembered. When it is time for you to be remembered, you shall not remain forgotten in Jesus name.
“Blessing” at the wrong time or place might turn out not to be a real blessing.
Bible in One year: 1 Kings 1-4