Saturday, May 14, 2011

STANDING BEFORE KINGS Sunday 15 May

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer” (1 Sam. 16:21).

READ: I Samuel 16:21-22

Apart from delivering you from heavy ministerial burdens, divine favour can also prevent a downward trend. In Numbers 11:10-20, Moses was seriously embattled. After leading the Israelites out of Egypt, they cried to him in the wilderness for meat. Imagine three million people clamouring and wailing out his name, asking for meat! Where could he muster such mass of meat to feed the whole nation? In verse 15, he pleaded: “And if though deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee out of hand, If I have found favour in thy sight ; and let me not see my wretchedness”. Moses preferring to die than see his wretchedness, called on God to favour him. God’s favour can prevent you from seeing or experiencing the negative fallouts of downturn. Are you afraid like Moses that you may not be able to complete the good project you started? Is failure, disappointment and shame staring you in the face? Call on the Lord to arrest that negative trend by His favour. You shall not be put to shame. Put your trust in the Lord and with your whole heart ask for His favour. He will answer you this season.

Another possibility from favour is that it can bring the poor before king. Favour can bring the least before the greatest, even as the qualified are sidelined. One person who benefited from this trend was David. He hailed from a poor family in Israel. As a youth, probably because they could not afford to send him to school, David minded his father’s little flock. But through favour, he got a job as an armour-bearer of the king. Immediately the king set his eyes on this poor boy, it was love at first sight! He immediately began to beg David’s father, Jesse, to release his son to the duty he had set him over, this was in spite of many who were more qualified. When you are favoured, ideal candidates for a position would be set aside just so that you can occupy it. This year, the Lord will bring you before kings. You shall occupy a position you are not qualified for. God’s favour will cause you to be given an attractive job that your academic qualifications do not match. Ask God to favour you in a way you have never experienced.


ACTION POINT:
For a user of this devotional; through God’s favour on you, before the end of this year, you shall stand before kings. Do remember to give God the glory and testify to it.

Bible in One year: Psa. 7-9