Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And he said unto him, if thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” (Exodus 33:15).
READ: Exodus 33:13-15
When Christ is with you, God is with you. Psalm 121:5 says, “The LORD is thy keeper: The LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand”. When Christ is with you, God’s shadow will follow you wherever you go. Three fishes in an ocean were terrified by some sharks whenever they went swimming. One day, they held a prayer meeting and invited God to be in attendance. When God came down, He asked them what they each wanted. The first fish asked for eyes all over its body so that from a long distance, it could sight the sharks approaching. The second fish requested wings to fly whenever it was being chased by the sharks. The third fish simply requested that God should follow it wherever it went. The Lord granted all their requests.
Immediately God left, the first fish realized that all the scales on its body had become eyes. Its new look attracted the sharks and they began to chase it. From a distance it sighted the sharks swim fast towards it. Immediately, it leaped into a small pool of water nearby. Safe from the sharks, it began to laugh at the predators. Hours later, however the pool dried up and it died. The sharks then turned their sights on the second fish. As it was being chased, it flew out of the ocean, and from a safe height began to mock the sharks. Unfortunately, an eagle was flying overhead and, thanking God, snapped up the fish. Meanwhile, the third fish was swimming quietly and enjoying itself. The baby shark told its mother that there was another, seemingly not afraid of them. Now when the baby shark asked that they go after the fish, its mother cautioned: “Can’t you see the shadow of a man following that fish? If you go near it, you will be killed”. That was how the third fish survived the sharks. When Christ is with you, there will be no need to fret. He will take care of you. Is Christ with you? Do you feel His presence? Or do you like the first two fishes prefer something else to God’s presence? Moses, like the third fish, chose well; he refused to go anywhere if God would not follow him. Are you going to places without God’s presence? Do not be surprised when you meet with disappointment.
According to Exodus 33:14, the only time you are guaranteed rest is in God’s presence.
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