Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:” (Eph. 1:11).
READ: Ephesians 1:11-12
According to 1 Kings 18:17-18, economic famine can be provoked by ignoring God’s Word and through idolatry. Apart from these, mismanagement of God’s provision can trigger a famine too. It is one thing to receive a provision or blessing and another thing to know the purpose of that provision. Provision without a commensurate understanding of its purpose, will definitely lead to mismanagement. God has a purpose for every provision. If you fail to ask Him for adequate direction on how to spend or distribute a particular provision, its purpose may be defeated. Every windfall that God gives to you has a purpose. Do you know that if you can apprehend the purpose for every provision and you use it accordingly, you may never experience famine? It may surprise you to know that many situations of lack, dryness, and wilderness that many believers go through, are self-inflicted and avoidable. If God sends a provision to last one month but you exhaust it in one week, be prepared to go through dry three weeks! If you spend your income on frivolities, there is no way you will not go through a period of lack.
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil” (Matt. 4:1). Sometimes, God allows you to face a famine during your wilderness experience. Sometimes, our desire to go to great heights in God’s service can trigger this famine. At other times, it is because God wants to test the quality of our faith and devotion to Him. It is easy to serve God when everything is provided and needs are met. Yes, you will say, ‘God is good’ because He is blessing you from every corner. But when He allows all your blessings to go in one day like Job, will you still say, ‘God is good?’ Won’t you rather challenge or question His love? If you are a minister, and your wife is pregnant and there is no money for food, no money to transport the family to church, and no money for offering, will you still love God? Yet, everyone who is genuinely born again might have to go through such tests to show their love for God. When you have to undergo your trial, may you not fail God.
Father, from today, let Heaven‘s expectations concerning managing my provisions be met. Keep me from self-inflicted famines.
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