Wednesday, November 30, 2011

HOPE AND FAITHFULNESS Thursday 1 December


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” (Titus 1:2).

READ: Deuteronomy 7:9-11

Hope links with the future. Moreover, there is a link between hope and God because He is the One who controls tomorrow. Anyone in charge of tomorrow is definitely able to uphold hope. Revelation 1:8 says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”. Hope is linked with tomorrow and God is the One who holds tomorrow. Do not let any man deceive you: no man holds tomorrow except God. This is why James warns against boasting about tomorrow while acknowledging that we need God—the One in control of tomorrow—to enter into the tomorrow of our dreams (James 4:13-16). Many who bragged about tomorrow never lived to see it. If you are wise, you will not only acknowledge God but ensure you live in consonance with His dictates.

Another way God is linked with hope is through His faithfulness. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations,”. God is extremely faithful. The quality of His faithfulness in keeping promises and agreements is unparalleled. There are some people around us who make simple promises that they can easily fulfil yet, they fail to fulfil them because they lack faithfulness. Putting all your hope in an unfaithful man can lead to great embarrassment and loss when the fellow suddenly disappoints you at crucial time. God cannot disappoint you. Numbers 23: 19 says, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” The day God promises and He fails to perform, He becomes a liar. Lying demotes God from being God to being a mere mortal. When He was about to redeem man, He became a man. However, He is not ready to be brought to the level of a man by being unfaithful. In addition, He not only keeps covenants but He is the greatest covenant keeper as He can fulfil His promise to an individual or a family for up to a thousand generations! What a wonderful God!

KEY POINT
God’s faithfulness is never in doubt. The issue is how trusting are we?
 
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