Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:2).
READ: Exodus 12:35-36
People eat for various reasons depending on what such a meal is intended to achieve in the eater. Some people eat in order to gather much energy to handle their enormous work. Some eat while embarking on a long trip, especially when they are not sure of getting decent food on the way. At other times, people eat because food is available or just for fun. However, on special occasions, people eat to celebrate. The Passover meal that the Israelites took on the eve of their departure from Egypt was to mark the moment that God would arise in their behalf. When God was about to rise against their bondage, He asked the Israelites to eat the Passover meal. A meal can be the symbol of your deliverance from captivity. This tells us that God’s ways are simply beyond the comprehension of man. Going by human wisdom, there was nothing to celebrate in slavery. Ordinarily, a slave in bondage may not have appetite for food. Yet, God came in and told them to eat. This season, as you take the uncommon meal, the Lord will arise for you.
When the Lord asked the Israelites to eat the Passover meal, He was only trying to terminate fruitless efforts in their lives because He is known as the Fruitful Vine (John 15:1-15). When He arose on Peter’s behalf, a fruitless night-long fishing expedition became a most productive fishing trip. When He arose on behalf of the Israelites in Egypt, the evil trend of working like an elephant but receiving only an ant’s harvest came to an end. Have you been making several efforts without anything to show for it? The Lord will arise on your behalf and cause you to enter into your true harvests. Similarly, when the Lord asked the Israelites to eat the Passover, it was to enable Him arise against their poverty. The night He arose after that meal, the wage arrears of over 400 years were paid in a moment. Do you know that the Holy Communion can be used as an instrument for breaking the yoke of debt in your life? Do people usually owe you? Do they use your services but afterwards ask you to return much later for payment? If this is a trend, break it through the Holy Communion, like the Israelites did. Every yoke of debt in your life shall be destroyed this season!
Father, as I partake of the next Holy Communion, arise on my behalf and break the yoke of debt over me.
Bible in One year: 1 Sam. 21-24