ACCEPTED TIME III

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE
Sunday 9th February, 2014
ACCEPTED TIME III
Memorise:
For he saith, I have heard thee in a
time accepted, and in the day of
salvation have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Isaiah 24-27;
Psalm 34:11-22
Read: Numbers 14:39-45
39 And Moses told these sayings unto
all the children of Israel: and the
people mourned greatly.
40 And they rose up early in the
morning, and gat them up into the
top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we
be here, and will go up unto the
place which the LORD hath promised:
for we have sinned.
41 And Moses said, Wherefore now
do ye transgress the commandment
of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.
42 Go not up, for the LORD is not
among you; that ye be not smitten
before your enemies.
43 For the Amalekites and the
Canaanites are there before you, and
ye shall fall by the sword: because ye
are turned away from the LORD,
therefore the LORD will not be with
you.
44 But they presumed to go up unto
the hill top: nevertheless the ark of
the covenant of the LORD, and
Moses, departed not out of the
camp.
45 Then the Amalekites came down,
and the Canaanites which dwelt in
that hill, and smote them, and
discomfited them, even unto
Hormah.
Message
Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth did
not give birth to John the Baptist
until they had grown old. Yet the
Bible says this of Zechariah the priest
of God and Elizabeth his wife in Luke
1:6:
“And they were both righteous before
God, walking in all the
commandments and ordinances of
the Lord blameless.”
In spite of their right standing with
God, John was not born until the
time was set in God’s timetable. This
was on purpose. The one that would
be the forerunner of the Messiah
(Jesus) was only going to be older
than Jesus by 6 months. God had
reserved for His righteous servants
the honour of becoming the parents
of this fellow who would be the
forerunner of the Lord, and who
would also be the greatest of the Old
Testament prophets (Matthew 11:11).
The same applies in the case of
Hannah, who was ridiculed and
mocked for a long period of time,
due to barrenness. Right about that
time, God wanted to have a man for
Himself who would love Him and
walk in total obedience, so as to
clear up the prevailing mess of
spiritual lethargy and lead the people
back to Him. That child must be one
that would be completely devoted to
God. Hannah’s desperation for a
child made her willing to devote her
child to God right about the time
when God’s timetable was set for His
plan. You may have been waiting for
a long period for your own child and
it seems God has forgotten you. Not
so. You are being prepared for a
history-making child that would be
used mightily of God.
You must be ready when God says
His time has come. From our Bible
reading, when on God’s timetable,
the Israelites were supposed to move
into the Promised Land from the
wilderness, they were instructed
through Moses to do so. They were
however not ready. They
demonstrated unbelief and doubt in
God’s ability and faithfulness. This
made them afraid of the physical
stature of the people in the land.
Hence they revolted and missed their
chance. When it eventually dawned
on them that they had made a
serious mistake, it was too late for
them. All these happened within the
space of a 24-hour window. Even an
hour’s delay can be disastrous in the
things of God. In 1 Kings 17:8-16, if
Elijah had delayed, the widow would
have prepared her last meal and she
would have eaten it all. It is my
prayer that you will be ready when
God’s time comes, in Jesus’ Name.
Action Point:
Decisively deal with the weaknesses
of unbelief, doubt, disobedience and
fear before they cause you a great
loss.

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