Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee” (Isaiah 49:15).
READ: Judges 15:9-13
Apart from worrying about the past and present, many people worry about their future. For those whose parents are well-to-do, they may ask: ‘Can I take my rest since my parents are well placed or live in affluence? Can the position or financial state of my parents guarantee my future?’ Isaiah 49:15 says, “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee”. There are situations that can make a woman to forget the child she carried in her womb for nine months. The elders say if you and your child were to be caught in a fire, you would more than likely try to rescue yourself. In times of trouble, parents look out first for themselves. Since parents can disappoint, what is to be said for close friends who claim you can count on them? The moment the soldiers grabbed the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 26:56, all His disciples took to their heels including the one who swore to stand by Him. The one who followed, maintained a very safe distance. When Peter was later challenged he denied ever knowing Jesus. You cannot get true assurance from any human being!
Can you rely on relatives? Matthew 10:36 says one’s enemies are usually within one’s home. If you don’t believe this, ask Samson when the Philistines besieged Judah because of Samson, the children of Israel tied him up and handed him over to them. They told him that it was better he died so that they could live. Why was Joseph sold? His brothers sold him in order to stop his dream. Can I depend on those I have helped in time past? If you ask Joseph, he will tell you how he was forgotten for two years by the butler whose dream he helped interpret. But for God’s intervention, he would have remained forgotten completely. Do not think that your future is secure because you are in a privileged position today and have helped several people? Never rely on any human being; it is man’s nature to use whoever they can use as a fan when they are hard up and discard without a stab of conscience. Jeremiah 17:5-6 says that those who put their hope in man are only inviting curses on themselves. The only One you can trust is the Almighty God; He never disappoints. Trust Him with your life today.
Thank God for global weather. Ask that by His mercy, natural disasters across the globe will be reduced this year.
Bible in One year: Num. 34-36