Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:” (Isa. 55:6).
READ: Daniel 4:1-5
Daniel 4 is an account of an awesome encounter with the Almighty God. King Nebuchadnezzar at this time was ruling over a vast empire which covered most nations of the known world. Looking at his disposition at the beginning of this letter, it would be clear to all and sundry that this world ruler had become a believer in the Almighty God, especially how he shares his testimony with zeal and gave God unreserved praise. The truth is, he did not start by being so sober. It took God taking him through fire for him to see himself within the limited confines of mortals. Unfortunately, not many people who appear to be making waves in their little corners have learnt from this great leader. They prefer to be burnt by God’s fire or judgement before acknowledging or seeking Him. Are you waiting to encounter God as the Consuming Fire before seeking and giving Him the glory due to His Name?
Remember that Isaiah 55:6 says we are assured of finding God only when we seek Him at the right time – when He is available. Time is of great essence here. It is only the foolish who will do nothing about his negative situation until he or she is over taken by the repercussion. On the other hand, the wise will take immediate steps to forestall a negative outcome. Never allow any situation capable of attracting God’s anger to persist. Every pending divine instruction must be obeyed. Have you disobeyed God over any matter? Set out to undo that disobedience. Nebuchadnezzar’s encounter is documented for you so that you can learn from it. You can and should be wiser than he was.
Another lesson from this letter is that while King Nebuchadnezzar was prospering and enjoying unequalled peace in his kingdom, he never knew trouble was brewing. Whenever things appear smooth, easy going and peaceful, don’t get carried away because that might be the time the devil plans to strike. When Elisha was enjoying sleep, the Syrian king sent his army to capture him (2 King 6:8-14). You must be very alert this year. If your life, family, church or ministry is negatively impacting the satanic kingdom, you can be assured that they will seek opportunity to hit back. The Lord will preserve you from your enemy’s attacks in Jesus name.
Thank God for His protection over you even when asleep. Ask Him to help you never lose your guard.
Bible in One year: 1 Chron. 24-26