OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2021.
THEME: DIVINE ASSISTANCE.
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
READ: Psalm 127:1-2.
1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Every creature needs some form of assistance. I is only God- our creator that does not need assistance at all. Of all kinds of assistance men may get however, the one from God is the greatest. Whenever God asks someone to partner with Him on any of His projects, He is setting up the fellow for blessings. When Jesus asked Peter’s boat to preach at the lake of Gennesaret, he did so because He wanted to make Peter a famous fisher of men, not because He wouldn’t have been able to preach without it (Luke 5:1-11). Jesus who walked on the sea could have done the same thing to preach if He had needed to (Matthew 14:26-27).
Anyone looking up to himself, herself or another person for assistance will definitely be disappointed. 1 Samuel 2:9 says “…for by strength shall no man prevail”. As great a prophet as Elijah was, he still needed divine assistance. 1 Kings 17:8-9 says:
“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath….and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”
Neither the prophet nor the widow had anything to do with the arrangement; it was divinely orchestrated, yet they both cooperated with God to obtain His divine will. Children of God can learn something from this. When God wants to bless your ministry, you do not need to preach long sermons to persuade people to give. God can use humans to help you. When He wants to do that, the fellow loses his or her peace as long as he or she does not act in your favor in accordance with the nudging of the Holy Spirit.
Sometime ago, God used someone to provide for the completion of a structure in the Redemption Camp. The Lord put such a sense of urgency in the fellow that he could not even eat breakfast before rushing down to drop the money we needed.
Beloved, put all your trust in God and seek Him alone for help today. He is a faithful God and will never disappoint those who seek Him sincerely. I am a living witness to this truth.
God will send help your way today as you go before Him in prayers, in the mighty name of Jesus.
Father, send help to me today- urgent help, Lord!
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 1-6.
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 24: TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE.
1. Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
2. Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
3. Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
4. Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.