Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; Genesis 2:21
Read: Genesis 2:21-25
When dealing with God, you cannot but learn to be patient. Many have lost their miracles because they could not endure for an additional minute, hour, day, month or year and so on. If you have expectations – particularly great expectations, you will have no choice but to wait as long as is required. Patience is part of the price you pay in receiving from God. During the period of waiting, God will check out certain things in your life and help you learn and add what you lack, make you better prepared, and cause you to understand Him some more, so that when He releases the blessing, it will endure.
If you check from the beginning, you will see men having to wait on God to get their desires. If the issue is of paramount importance, they may be required to wait longer. Adam had to wait on God before he received Eve. Genesis 2:21-25 says God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam. All the while God prepared Eve for Adam; the latter was asleep, resting in God’s presence. He was in a state where he was not doing anything by his strength but wholly leaned on God’s power, wisdom, ability and timing. He waited until Eve came. Unfortunately, many singles today are too much in a hurry. They want God to give them a spouse yet, they pray for five minutes and in the sixth minute, they expect their life partner to surface. It does not work like that! If you want a good wife or husband from God, you must give Him some time to prepare him or her. Although the spouses of some brethren are ready and available, they themselves are however not prepared. If God releases their heart desire to them in their unprepared state, there would be serious problems in homes started by such couples. To hasten the preparations of your Eve or Adam, pray, wait on the Lord and study His Word. Obey God in every area and make Him happy with you. Also, start to get ready for marriage. Read books on family life, work on your attitude and character and learn to be more tolerant and accommodating.
The extent to which you are ready to wait will determine the size of the blessing God will be prepared to release to you. How long can you wait?
Bible in one year: Ezra 5-7