Tuesday, May 1, 2012

BE HOPEFUL Wednesday 2 May


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God. Psalms 146:5

Read: Psalms 146:3-7

In the midst of hopelessness, God commands you to be hopeful.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Matthew 6:30.

But sometimes, you may ask yourself if it is worth it hoping against hope. Yes, it is worth it if your hope is anchored on the Creator of Heaven and earth. In Luke 5:1-5, Peter was in the pit of hopelessness having exhausted all his wisdom, business expertise and strength without having anything to show for it. He was already calling it quits when the Master of the universe stepped in and told him to hope for a catch of fishes from the same water that was unproductive throughout the night. One lesson from this is that God uses different methods to meet the needs of His children. In 2 Kings 8:1-2, the Lord asked the woman facing famine to relocate elsewhere with her household, but in the case of Peter, He asked him to make another effort in the same river; and both cases yielded good results.

When some people meet with difficulties in a particular business, they abandon it for another. This may not necessarily be the best thing to do. Even when it appears hopeless, just grab God’s Word concerning the situation, obey and wait for the result. To solve a particular problem or challenge, it is not necessarily the number of attempts made that matters, but who is aiding your attempt. Peter had tried so many times without a catch that night but the only attempt he made that had the backing of the Lord delivered to him a harvest beyond expectations. The major challenge believers going through the path of hopelessness face is that unlike Peter, they lack the Word from God on their situation. When there is nothing from God on an issue, the state of hopelessness will be worse. But if God has spoken a word on the matter, the case is as good as closed in your favour. Are you in a hopeless situation? Take time to read and study the Bible, asking God to give you a word for that situation. God always has something to say about your situation but are you ready to hear it?

KEY POINT:
Whatever happens, never give up your hope for a better tomorrow. Life without hope is not worth living.
 
Bible in one year: Exodus 8-10