Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee; goodness if thou continue in his goodness; otherwise thou also shall be cut off. Romans 11:22
Read: Isaiah 38:1-8
God moves in mysterious ways to perform His wonders. In performing such wonders, God can overrule anybody’s decision, action or plan at any time. He can also overrule His own decisions but nobody can overrule God’s. Overruling Himself reveals His two sides. In Isaiah 38:1-8, the Most High sent His prophet to King Hezekiah asking him to put his house in order because his time was up. But Hezekiah told God he was not ready to die yet. What did God do? The Lord sent His prophet back to tell him that he would no longer die but rather have an additional 15 years. On this side, God could allow His mercy prevail over your life to a point that He will bend the rules just to favour you. This season, the Lord will bend the rules in your favour in Jesus name.
On the other side, God could overrule His earlier promise due to certain circumstances. We see this in the story of Eli (1 Samuel 2:30) when God changed His initial plan concerning them. The Most High is a wonderful friend to keep when on your side, but a very dangerous enemy when not on your side. If He was once on your side but later becomes your enemy, you are in serious trouble. He is not someone you can cheat and go free. Ecclesiastes 8:11 says:
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Some people think God is too busy to keep records of everybody’s activities. Oh how deceived they are! Nobody can fool God. Some people only engage in eye service activities – things done in God’s house merely to be noticed whereas the fellow is not sincere. Why many continue their nefarious activities is because God’s judgement appears a bit slow. But if you think those who are secretly stealing from the church are getting away with it, you are deceived. What they are stealing in secret will soon expose them publicly. If you are secretly shinning, you can make God to reverse His promise and plan for your life.
Father, have mercy on me in any way I have disobeyed You. Please, never change Your original plan for my life.
Bible in one year: Romans 12-16