OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
TOPIC: MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES I
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” – Proverbs 14:12.
READ: PROVERBS 3:5-8 (KJV)
5. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
In life, we make choices every day. There are little choices and there are major ones. The Bible reading for today says we should not lean on our own understanding in making a choice at all.
For example, the choice of passing a particular route on your way to work or wherever you are going should not be made alone. Ask *“Lord, which route should l take as l go out now?”* Your *‘little’* choices must be committed into the hands of God.
If little choices should be committed into God’s hands, then how much more major ones. The choice of which school to apply to, which organization to work for, which neighborhood to live in and so on, can have far-reaching consequences on our lives. For example, it was during my undergraduate days that I met a lecturer who decided to supervise me for my Master degree in the University of Lagos.
Thus, I did my masters at Unilag, and it was while I was there that I became born again in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, joined the workforce of the Church and eventually became the General Overseer as God had ordained it.
Thank God that He ordered my steps right, even when I was not yet born again. Now that I am born again, He has been faithful to guide me aright all through, even up to now.
The choice of what school to attend or what organization to work for can end up determining who you marry. The choice of which country to settle in can determine if you will fulfill your destiny or not.
Our memory verse today shows clearly that wrong decision can lead to very grave repercussions. We need God’s guidance for us to be able to make the right decisions (Proverbs 14:12).
According to 2 Corinthians 4:18, what you see in the physical is temporal; it is in the spirit that you get the real picture of things. Jesus Christ said in John 14:26:
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you.
As a true child of God, you have the Holy Spirit within you. Whenever He prompt you to take the right decision, make sure you follow His lead so that He can take you to that great destiny that God has prepared for you.
Holy Spirit, guide me in all my choices and give me the grace to always listen to You, in Jesus name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
2 Chronicles 8-11
Pastor E. A. Adeboye
HYMN 29: WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD IN THE STORM OF LIFE
1. Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Stedfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
2. It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy the blast, through strength divine.
3. It will firmly hold in the straits of fear,
When the breakers have told the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.
4. It will surely hold in the floods of death,
When the waters cold chill our latest breath;
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the veil.