Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:” (Gen. 26:13).
READ: Genesis 41:37-44
As bad as economy-based famines may appear, some are really blessings in disguise. One lesson here is that some famines are meant to add value to you and make you more relevant to your world. One Bible character whose life was boosted by a famine was Isaac. Until the famine, there was nothing significant about his wealth and status. He could still pass off as an ordinary man. Then came famine! The gains during the dry period affected him so much that his life was never the same afterwards. His greatness and possession so increased that he became the envy of everyone in the land of the Philistines, He became wealthier than a nation! The blessing and covenant of being a lender to nation was fulfilled in his life during a famine. Do you know that wealth far beyond your dreams can come to you during a famine?
Similarly, a famine can be God’s avenue for the fulfillment of pending prophecies or promises. Let us take Joseph as a case in point. For several years, Joseph wondered when God would fulfil His dreams of greatness. When the time came finally, God used an imminent seven-year famine period to move him from prison to the status of prime minister. Has God made you certain promises and you are wondering whether they will ever come to pass? If so, do not be afraid of famines as long as you are living to His pleasing. That famine could be the medium by which God intends to fulfil that pending prophecy in your life. Moreover, while famines take many down, some are lifted up. The same famine that impoverished Gerar, enriched Isaac. The same famine that impoverished the Egyptians and the residents of neighbouring countries enriched Joseph and his family. From today, as others are going down in terms of reserves, wealth and relevance during famines, you will be going up. While others are begging for food around you, you will have more than enough to eat and to give out. Famines will work in your favour. Famines will become avenues to uncover your hidden talents for the benefit of mankind. Celebration is yours during famines from now on.
Father, as You used a famine to raise Joseph from being a nobody to a somebody, use the present famine situation to move me from being nobody into somebody.
Bible in One year: Isa. 10-12