NOT FORSAKEN Wednesday 27 July
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25).
READ: Psalm 37:23-26
It is not strange for people to use as many people as they can to meet a need and thereafter discard them. This is one reason to never put your trust in man. However, there is an exception to this rule—the man Christ Jesus. When He makes a promise, it is not to impress like many humans do; He throws His weight behind it. Psalm 119:89 says His words are eternal and settled in the realm of eternity. Anyone contesting God’s Word is making a big mistake. Such a man will be contesting against what had been settled before the earth began. Do you know that when God makes a fresh promise to you today, it takes the form of His eternally settled Word? No difference. God is as committed to fulfilling His written Word as He is in fulfilling His Spoken Word. Has the Lord made you a promise? You can count on it. Some people say it is wrong to count your hens before the eggs are hatched. This is true as far as it relates to man. But if it has to do with God’s promises, you can go ahead and count your chickens.
Isaiah 3:10 says it shall be well with the righteous. That is His promise. In response to this, David the Psalmist studied the lives of righteous men, women and their families and had this to say as a matter of finality: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25). He could not find a simple case! What amazing faithfulness! What an amazing God! If He was faithful to David’s generation, He will be faithful to you. If God did not fail David, He will not fail you. If the Lord never abandoned a righteous fellow all the days of David, He will not start with you. As long as you are conforming to His Word and will, even when all others forsake you, God will not. No wonder He promises never to leave you nor forsake you. In your situation of loneliness, God is there with you. Even when you cannot feel His presence, He is still there. He is not there just for the fun of it, but to watch His promises in your life and fulfil them. Cheer up! The Lord is with you.
Have you been forsaken by people around you? God is still with you as long as you remain His child. Pray that he will make his presence known to you.
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