Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalms 37:4
Read: Psalms 37:3-7
When the lame man at the Beautiful gate saw Peter and John, he expected to get some money but he got what money could not buy – healing. This tells us that sometimes, God may not exactly give us our requests based on our limited expectations. Being the good God that He is, even when we are looking for fish, He wants to make us fishers of men. When we are looking for healing of a particular ailment, God wants to turn us into His healing agents in addition to giving us good health. When the erstwhile lame man was healed, he did not go back to beg for bread. He could now walk with his legs and seek for a decent job. He could now fend for himself. Do you know that many times we focus on our wants while God focuses on our needs? While you focus on today, the Lord is focusing on your tomorrow. While we are looking for a beautiful lady that we can present to people as wife today, the Lord is looking for an incomparable heart that will jointly make Heaven with us. May the Lord cause you to see your needs and not wants.
Expectation releases the power to patiently wait on the Lord until He grants our desire. If you have no expectation, you can barely wait for anything. David knew how to wait on the Lord and this was one reason he remained in God’s good books but his predecessor could barely wait. When he felt God was not keeping to time, he went ahead to do what he wanted and used that delay to justify his action. No wonder he was quickly rejected by God. For some believers everything must be now. Like Saul, they cannot wait even for few minutes. If God would bring their blessing to church at 12:05 but the church closes at 12 noon, they would prefer to forfeit their blessing and leave at 12 noon. When the programme is going on, they are always so impatient, checking the time every now and then. When they reach their set closing time, they rise up and leave church even while the sermon is still on. It is good to keep to time but do not be so time conscious that you plan God out of your service. God is at liberty to fix when he bless His own but if you are hasty, you will miss out.
Impatient people want the world to revolve around them at their pace but at the end they have nothing to show for their haste.
Bible in one year: Romans 1-4