Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:4).
READ: Psalm 121:3-4
God often starts where your efforts are exhausted. It is okay to take steps to protect yourself as long as you do not put your trust in those very steps. It is also important to do every legitimate thing you can, to protect yourself. For instance, the world will be facing its greatest nightmare during the Great Tribulation; hence, in Isaiah 26:20-21, God calls His people to secure themselves so that they are not affected. If baby Moses was not protected, he would have been consumed in the mass destruction of male children in Egypt. Anyone who refuses to accept Christ, become born again and begin to live a righteous life should prepare to go through the worst suffering ever recorded in the history of mankind. Have you taken relevant steps to deliver yourself?
“And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him” (Ex. 2:4). When Moses’ mother could no longer hide baby Moses, she made a small boat from papyrus reeds and carefully put the baby in it, after which the little boat was tucked in-between papyrus reeds in the river’s brink. Thereafter, Miriam, the child’s elder sister, kept watch over him to see what would happen. Just as young Miriam kept watch over Moses so does God keep watch over us. Beyond watching over man, God never slumbers nor sleeps (Ps. 121:4). One lesson here is that whatever you prayerfully watch over will not cause you grief. Many important matters are tumbledown by the enemy because we do not watch adequately over them. If Miriam had fallen asleep while she was suppose to be watching, she would have missed Pharaoh’s daughter. Today, several opportunities are passing by the very people they were designed for, yet, they cannot see them because they are sleeping, looking at other things, etc. Opportunities God allowed to come to His children are often allowed to slip by them. May you no longer lose your opportunities and golden moments in Jesus name. Just like Miriam watched over Moses so also should leaders watch over their flock. Unfortunately, they are often too distracted to the point of not realizing imminent danger. Are you prayerfully watching over your family, congregation or group? Miriam was focused on her assignment; hence, she got a good result. Are you?
Are you a leader in the Kingdom? You are a watchman. How effectively are you keeping watch over those in your care? Watch and Pray.
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