GOD HAS A SUBSTITUTE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE
Monday, 13th January, 2014
GOD HAS A SUBSTITUTE
Memorise:
And Samuel said unto him, The LORD
hath rent the kingdom of Israel from
thee this day, and hath given it to a
neighbour of thine, that is better
than thou.
1 Samuel 15:28
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 2 Corinthians
10-13; Psalm 15-16
Read:
1 Samuel 16:1
1 And the LORD said unto Samuel,
How long wilt thou mourn for Saul,
seeing I have rejected him from
reigning over Israel? fill thine horn
with oil, and go, I will send thee to
Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have
provided me a king among his sons.
Message
One important thing we need to learn
in today’s reading is that God always
has a substitute. If God says He
wants to use you, rejoice! However,
be careful, because even as He is
choosing you, He has already
prepared a substitute. 1 Samuel
2:27-30 tells us about Eli. God chose
Eli and his family to serve Him. God
later changed His plans because He
only honours those who honour Him.
One thing about God’s rejection is
that the devil takes the place of the
resultant vacuum that is created. This
was what happened to King Saul. We
also have the case of Judas Iscariot in
John 13:26-27. He was a disciple of
the Lord Jesus Christ. The moment
God rejected him, Satan entered him
and he ended up hanging himself.
Psalm 75:6-7 tells us something
interesting:
“For promotion cometh neither from
the east, nor from the west, nor
from the south. But God is the
judge: he putteth down one, and
setteth up another.”
Whenever God gives you an
opportunity to serve Him, please
humble yourself. It is better for God
not to use you at all than to use you
and then push you aside. Once He
pushes you aside, this gives room for
the devil to come in. I pray that God
will never substitute you with
someone else.
In today’s reading we see the
rejection of King Saul and his
replacement by David. No one would
have heard of David if King Saul had
not lost his crown and position; just
as nobody would have heard of
Esther if Vashti had not lost her
position. God has given us these
examples so that we can learn a
lesson. God told Samuel to stop
mourning over King Saul because He
had already rejected him. He told
Samuel to fill his horn with oil and go
anoint one of the sons of Jesse as
king. Samuel said Saul would kill him
if he found out about his mission.
This is an interesting statement
because it shows clearly that Saul
had degenerated so badly that he
could kill a servant of God. It is a
terrible thing to backslide. This is
why you must never touch sin. We
need to study the lives of the people
that God rejected in the Bible so that
we can learn one or two lessons from
their cases. We have to know what
God saw in their lives to make Him
reject them, so that we can run away
from their mistakes. Why was Esau
rejected? The Bible tells us in
Hebrews 12:15-17 that he was
rejected because he could not control
his appetite. I pray that your
stomach would not send you to Hell.
Some people have never fasted since
they became Christians. I pray that
your appetite would not put you into
trouble to the point where God
would reject you in Jesus’ Name.
Prayer Point:
Father, have mercy on me. Help me
not to embark on a path that will
lead to my rejection and replacement
in Jesus’ Name. If I’m on such a
path, please salvage me from it now.

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