Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
READ: Isaiah 6:1-3
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). God is light. He is the source of light hence He is called the Father of lights. He is absolutely as pure as light hence in Him is no iota of darkness (John 1:5). God is also powerful, loving and merciful. In Isaiah 6:13, Isaiah had a vision of God where the angels were crying. ‘Holy! Holy! Holy!’. None of His other attributes was so emphasized. An indispensable quality of God which He holds in high esteem is holiness.
Habakkuk 1:13 says God’s eyes are so pure that they cannot behold evil. At the cross of Calvary, when Jesus carried the sins of the whole world, the Father who had never left the Son, separated from Him for this reason. This was why Jesus cried, ‘My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ (Mark 15:34). He is incomparably pure. If you are a child of God, it is expected that you would be as pure as your Father. Your level of purity will determine whether God’s gaze will be set on you or not. If you are harbouring sin, God cannot look in your direction. If your hearts is a fertile ground for evil thoughts, God cannot look in your direction. If God turns away His face from an individual, that fellow will be bereft of God’s blessings, mercies and favour.
When God visits His people in a church, in spite of their singing: “Pass me not oh Gentle Saviour”, He is left with no choice but to look away because of sin. What is that sinful habit in you? Are you harbouring grudges, bitterness, unforgiveness, greed, covetousness etc.? Repent now so that the Lord will look in your direction. He looked in the direction of Bartimaeus and he came seeing. He looked in the direction of Zachaeus and salvation entered his house. The Lord will look in your direction this season. That gaze will birth a great testimony.
Apart from dealing with sin, if you want God to look in your direction, be humble, teachable, always ready to hear and obey God’s Word (Isaiah 66:2). Be in a hurry to obey God. The Almighty God is Lord hence He must be obeyed in haste. If you are in a hurry to hear God and put His Word into practice, the Lord will look in your direction. God has given some instructions to some of His children which have not been carried out for days, weeks, months or even years. If you fall into this category, you have been the one hindering your progress! Repent and obey Him today.
Sin and holiness determine where God looks or does not look. If God is not looking in your direction, examine yourself, sin could be the cause.
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