Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:” (Gen. 26:2).
READ: Genesis 26:1-3
One thing you must watch out for during a famine is your spiritual state. Famine time is no time to backslide. The one who backslide in the time of famine may never recover from its devastating effects. In addition, there are certain locations that cannot guarantee your welfare during a famine. According to Isaac’s experience, one of such places was the land of Egypt. Yet, in those days, Egypt was one of the most civilized and promising of countries. This means that going to the richest country of the world during a world-wide famine is no insurance against the ravaging effects of a famine. But how do you know which country is not in the list of famine-prone countries? It is only God that has the list. If you go to Him and seek audience with Him, He will tell you where not to go. Anyone who goes to the place he or she should not, will sing a dirge. Many people are singing a sad tune today because they went to countries, cities and villages that have nothing in store for them.
Another lesson from today’s reading is that God is privy to those countries, cities, villages, businesses, etc., that will not be affected by a famine. In other words, in every famine, while some things, people and places are negatively affected, others are not. While we may be experiencing the famine, God is seeing the way out of it. In that present state of dryness, God sees a way out. In your joblessness, God sees a way out. Concerning that endemic disease, God sees a way out. Apart from seeing the way out, He wants to show you the way out. Unfortunately, not many people bother to ask Him. Among those who ask, not many do so passionately. Of the few who ask passionately, a good number are impatient. Are you ready to ask earnestly and persistently until God shows you the way out of that famine? Are you quiet in spirit? If you ask but you are not quiet in spirit, you may not know when God will give you the solution you crave. This season, the Lord will open your eyes and ears to see and hear the way out of your famine situation. You are coming out of famine this season. Your life shall not be the same again!
Father, lead me out of my financial and spiritual dryness.
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