UNUSUAL APPROVAL Sunday 20 February

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Ps. 30:5).

READ: 1 Samuel 1:12-17

ne of the ways of discerning your day of favour is when you receive an unusual approval. One person who got an unusual approval was Hannah. She travelled to Shiloh every year without much to show for it. Yet, she persisted until that glorious day. Her situation moved her to the point of praying differently. Though her lips moved, her voice was inaudible. Initially, Eli the priest thought she was drunk, but on realizing that she was sane, and only appeared drunk by reason of her intense burden and prayer, he endorsed her request with his priestly authority. She conceived at long last!

Why was this an unusual approval? Eli was old and had lost his ability to discern spiritual things. This was why he mistook a woman who was deep in prayer for a drunk. His spiritual dullness persisted even after the birth of Samuel; hence, it took him so long to realize that God was calling the young boy. Eli was present but God had to look for someone else to speak to. In that backslidden state and in the throes of God’s imminent judgement on his family, God still used him to approve Hannah’s request. This tells us that when your day of favour comes, God can use a spiritually insensitive or even backslidden pastor to endorse your request. In other words, the spiritual state of your leader may not stop God’s purpose in your life when your day of favour comes. Even when God has stopped using a particular vessel, He could choose to use him once more for the purpose of meeting you on your day of favour. However, you have to earn it. Some people get tired too soon. If they come to a church meeting once, twice or a few times and nothing happen, they call it quits. If Hannah had stopped going to Shiloh, she might never have received the unusual approval that broke the power of barrenness from her life. Do you get discouraged after a few trips to the Holy Ghost services, conventions or congresses? Don’t lose hope! Your miracle will reach you on your day of favour as long as you continue to make yourself available in His presence. The Lord will remember you this season.

Do not give up!

Bible in One year: Josh. 22-24

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