Open Heaven Daily Devotional
Monday February 24
Memorise: But the God of all grace,
who hath called us unto his eternal
glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye
have suffered a while, make you
perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle
you. 1 Peter 5:10
Read: 2 Kings 7:1-10
1 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word
of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To
morrow about this time shall a
measure of fine flour be sold for a
shekel, and two measures of barley
for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
2 Then a lord on whose hand the
king leaned answered the man of
God, and said, Behold, if the LORD
would make windows in heaven,
might this thing be? And he said,
Behold, thou shalt see it with thine
eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. 3 And
there were four leprous men at the
entering in of the gate: and they said
one to another, Why sit we here until
we die? 4 If we say, We will enter
into the city, then the famine is in
the city, and we shall die there: and
if we sit still here, we die also. Now
therefore come, and let us fall unto
the host of the Syrians: if they save
us alive, we shall live; and if they kill
us, we shall but die. 5 And they rose
up in the twilight, to go unto the
camp of the Syrians: and when they
were come to the uttermost part of
the camp of Syria, behold, there was
no man there. 6 For the Lord had
made the host of the Syrians to hear
a noise of chariots, and a noise of
horses, even the noise of a great
host: and they said one to another,
Lo, the king of Israel hath hired
against us the kings of the Hittites,
and the kings of the Egyptians, to
come upon us. 7 Wherefore they
arose and fled in the twilight, and left
their tents, and their horses, and
their asses, even the camp as it was,
and fled for their life. 8 And when
these lepers came to the uttermost
part of the camp, they went into one
tent, and did eat and drink, and
carried thence silver, and gold, and
raiment, and went and hid it; and
came again, and entered into another
tent, and carried thence also, and
went and hid it. 9 Then they said one
to another, We do not well: this day
is a day of good tidings, and we hold
our peace: if we tarry till the morning
light, some mischief will come upon
us: now therefore come, that we may
go and tell the king’s household. 10
So they came and called unto the
porter of the city: and they told
them, saying, We came to the camp
of the Syrians, and, behold, there
was no man there, neither voice of
man, but horses tied, and asses tied,
and the tents as they were.
A child of God has every right to
expect a glorious tomorrow, even if
the present situation does not in any
way make such optimism look
realistic. In the face of uncertainty
and the total economic collapse of a
country, the believer who knows his
God will still rightly expect a change
for the better, because he knows he
serves a God who specialises in giving
pleasant surprises to His children.
The story of 2 Kings 6 & 7 is not
fictional, though it may look
incredible. The famine that resulted
from the siege of Samaria by its
enemies became so devastating that
mothers were surviving on their own
children. What a terrible thing! Have
you ever thought about it: even
Elisha the great man of God was in
the midst of the situation as others?
One thing you can be sure of is that
God would have taken care of him
for as long as the famine lasted;
though that aspect of the story is not
revealed in the Bible. In the same
way, the Lord is able to take care of
you in the midst of any crises, only
make sure you trust in Him and obey
Him in all things. Pay your tithes, win
souls and live holy.
We should not cease trusting God in
the place of prayer for desirable
changes in the state of affairs of our
country as we seek to do His will in
all things. In the case of Samaria,
God brought about a change within
24 hours at the peak of their national
predicament of insecurity that
resulted in acute want. By the mouth
of His servant, God pronounced great
abundance upon the land. This
pronouncement brought to an end
both the insecurity and the famine of
the land (2 Kings 7:1&18). So will
Boko Haram and its activities be
brought to a sudden end in Nigeria in
Jesus’ Name. On the other hand,
being expectant does not imply
sitting down and doing nothing; in
the case of Samaria, it took the rising
up of four lepers, who decided to go
to the camp of the Syrians, only to
discover that the Syrians had fled
their camp, leaving all their supplies
behind. There is always a place of
action to your faith, just as the Bible
in James 2:17 says:
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is
dead, being alone.”
Are you in need of a good job? You
have got to take the right step of
action. Do you want your business to
be more competitive? Diligently get
to know what action to take and take
Action Point Praise God for His
mercy over Nigeria. Pray for the
forgiveness of sins for Nigeria and
that God will grant her political
leaders the fear of God and the
wisdom to run the country.

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