Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps. 119:105)

READ: 1 Kings 17:1-3

Economy-based famines can be provoked through covenant-breaking and bloodshed. Yet, they can be atoned for. In any way you have brought about a famine upon yourself or your land, the Lord will have mercy as you repent today. Moreover, in 1 Kings 17:1-10, the Bible records a famine in the days of Elijah. “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” (1 Kings 17:1). From this account, another cause of economic famine is idolatry and forsaking the commandment of the living God (1 Kings 18:17-18). Anytime you ignore God’s instructions, you invite the heavens over you to be shut. Putting your trust in other gods can also shut your heavens and bring untold hardship to you. Is there an area in your life where God’s Word is still ignored? Repent today and immediately go ahead to obey.

Moreover, we learn another lesson from this encounter with famine: that God has a survival plan for every famine. No famine takes God unawares. Before it came, God was there. During the famine, God is there and after it, God will still be there. Famines cannot diminish God or His provisions. Immediately after the proclamation of a famine in the land, God’s way of escape was suddenly revealed. “And the Word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan” (1 Kings 17:23). Elijah did not go anywhere until He heard from God. Are you going through a famine? Have you taken time to seek God’s face on the way out, or are you running ahead of God’s direction? God’s Word will show you the way of escape if you pay the price. God has a well-thought-out plan to help you overcome that famine. Have you received the plan? Are you following it? Some believers receive God’s way-out of the famine, but refuse to follow it because it seems stupid to them. If Elijah had not gone to the brook Cherith, he would have starved. If you abandon God’s provision, you will starve. Ask God for His way-out of famine today!

Your exit from famine is embedded in god’s Word. Father, show me the way out of my present famine situation.

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