Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me” (Ps. 41:9)
READ: Psalm 41:9-11
As good as the beginning of your life, family or project may be, its end is far more important to God. It is good to start the Christian race, but Heaven is more concerned about how that race will end. Acts 15:18 says God already knows how you will end your journey right from when you embarked upon it. This is so because God is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending (Rev. 1:8). According to Ephesians 1:3-5, everything concerning you had been settled by God before the creation of the world. Some people think they are where they are today as a result of certain events which took place many years before, or as a result of the meeting of their parents. That’s far from the truth! Even before God created the world, He knew and had planned that you would be born at a particular time to fulfil a definite purpose. This is why you can never take God by surprise: He already knows what you are capable of doing throughout your life time.
While coming to this world, the Lord knew that somebody close to Him would betray Him “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me” (Ps. 41:9). The betrayal of Christ was prophesied in the above scripture. Satan was free to choose who he wanted to do that assignment. Initially, he fixed his heart on Peter. Peter was Satan’s target to fulfil that scripture but somehow, because he had become too close to Jesus, another meeting was called where the tempter was asked to pick another person for the job. Jesus prayed for Peter but it was not recorded that He prayed for Judas. Every evil plan that has you at the center shall fail. Have you slipped from the path of righteousness? Have you betrayed the Lord like Judas? The Lord will have mercy on you and restore you in Jesus name. Have you been a victim of betrayal in the Christian faith? That makes you more like Christ. If your most trusted friend has turned against you, hold fast to the friend that never disappoints – the Lord Jesus. He will see you through to a successful end. You will end well. Hold on to Jesus the Ending, to give you an expected end.
Thank God for sustaining you up till now. Ask for grace to live for Him.
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