Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.” (Prov. 14:32).
READ: Daniel 4:28-37
God is unchangeable (Malachi 3:6). Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever”. What He has done in the past, he can repeat today. This is simply because He has a bearing on hope and controls tomorrow. In addition, because He is unchangeable and can do the impossible, with Him there are no hopeless cases. Job 14:7-9 says if a tree is cut down but still retains its roots, the moment it contacts water, it will begin to grow again. Ecclesiastes 9:4 says “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion”. The lion is king in the world of animals but if it is dead, it loses all its worth. An animal of little or no value which is still alive, is worth more than the dead lion. Are you alive? There is hope for you! Were you knocked down? There is hope for you. Did you fail that crucial test or examination? Don’t give up! There is hope for you. It shall be well with you. The Lord who controls tomorrow says your tomorrow shall be okay.
We have an interesting story about Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:28-37. For 7 years, the king walked about naked. His companions were beast and he ate grass like other animals. Humanly speaking, there is a level of insanity that a mad man would get to that everyone would conclude he is irredeemable. While the king was away, it is possible that some of his chiefs who held on to power could have maltreated his wives. However, because with God, there is no hopeless case, He brought King Nebuchadnezzar back on his throne. Such erring chiefs were probably penalized! After Joseph became Prime minister, one place that would have interested him would be Potiphar’s house. If I were in his shoes, that would be the first house I would have visited, not to fight but to see the woman bow to me. If the hair of Samson can grow again, your case is not hopeless. Proverbs 14:32 goes further to say that the righteous has hope even in his death. This means that even when the expectation of the righteous is not met in his or her lifetime, it is not over! It can still be met even after death! Every good expectation of your life shall be granted. Hopelessness has lost grip over you because God is unchangeable!
Oh lord, let every feeling of hopelessness and helplessness disappear from my life.
Bible in One year: Psa. 146-150