Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” (Zech. 4:7).
READ: Zechariah 4:6-7
Another truth that you must teach your family and church members is that there is a God who helps the helpless. There is a limit to which you can help yourself. There is also a limit to which any man, woman or institution can help you. There are problems you can never solve by your limited wisdom, power, ability or financial resources. This is why 1 Samuel 2:9 says no one can prevail by his or her physical strength. To reach your set-goal, you require more than your limited knowledge and strength. The situations that are beyond your ability must be made known to the Lord. 1 Peter 5:7 says you should lay every burden on the Lord because He cares for you. Whenever I am confronted by challenge that I cannot solve, I pray and go to sleep. People have wondered how I am able to enjoy restful sleep in the midst of myriad of challenges brought to my notice from all our churches. It’s because I have learnt to carry what I can and allow God, the owner of the church, to carry what I cannot. Carrying what you cannot wears you out so easily, and causes you to age quickly. Are you carrying the ministry on your head, instead of handing it over to the Owner of the church?
My first year as the General Overseer of the RCCG was very turbulent for me as a young man. When I travelled and returned home, my wife would have kept a catalogue of problems waiting for me. After she carefully reeled out all the problems, I would simply request for my food, and after eating, I would pray and go to bed. She would be surprised that I had not made any comment despite all she had said. The truth is, if joy is coming tomorrow morning, why should I lose my sleep today? The challenges you face, that appears so big to you, are nothing to Him. What appears like a mountain to you is only a mole hill to Him, This is why you need Him to help you. It is when you have Him by your side that He will level the mountains before you and cause what is terrorizing you to quake in His sight. This season, as you hand over your cares to Jesus, He will take over the situation. The Lord will level those mountains facing you today.
The higher the mountain confronting you, the easier it is for your God to crush. When a problem moves from being a molehill to a mountain, it begins to compete with God for attention.
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