Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” (Isaiah 1:19).
READ: Isaiah 1:19-20
In Isaiah 60:1, God commands you to arise and shine. In my day, several people who feared God have distinguished themselves in one aspect or another. Some have shined in the healing anointing, some in faith and some in wisdom. If they can shine, you too can shine. However, for you to shine, you have to address some questions. First, are you willing to shine? The reason many believers are not shining in their little corners is they have no desire to shine. Whether they shine or not makes no difference to them. You may never shine if you do not want to. According to Isaiah 1:19, it takes a combination of willingness and obedience for you to shine. At the time of creation, God made man a free moral agent to choose what he wants. God could have made us zombies or robots that would obey His every orders, but He did not because He wants us to love Him voluntarily. Loving God compulsorily takes the sweetness out of love. This can be compared to a visit to a harlot. It’s a purely commercial transaction. There is no friendship and there is no relationship.
If your link with God is like that of relating with a harlot, that relationship can never be fruitful. You would see God as a tool or an object to be used. You would remember God only when you are in need of His assistance. Do you know why the children of pastors and church leaders become a wayward? It is partly because they are compelled to love, worship or serve God, whether they understand why or not. They only respond because they want to avoid the cane or punitive measures. Hence, such children may play church for years but maintain a devilish heart. What is simply lacking, however, is willingness. For parents of such children, emphasis should be given to teaching. If you take the time to educate your children about God, it becomes easy for them to make up their minds about loving and serving Him. Are you willing to shine? If you lack the willingness, ask God for it today.
Ask that every veil covering God’s glow in the lives of believers worldwide would be destroyed today.
Bible in One year: Sos. 7-8