Open Heaven Daily Devotional
Friday February 28
Memorise: For I know the thoughts
that I think toward you, saith the
LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of
evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:11
Read: James 4:13-14
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or
to morrow we will go into such a city,
and continue there a year, and buy
and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye
know not what shall be on the
morrow. For what is your life? It is
even a vapour, that appeareth for a
little time, and then vanisheth away.
Yesterday we learnt it is not right for
us to get angry with God or to take
offence against Him, even if we
experience the deferment of our
hopes. The example of John the
Baptist who earlier acknowledged
Jesus as the Messiah, but later
doubted Him because of his painful
experience of incarceration is a
warning signpost to us that if care is
not taken, following the asking of
questions, offence towards God might
begin to reside in our heart. Going
forward, we need to ask ourselves
the question: why do we take
offence, get angry or feel irritated by
the way God deals with us? We shall
look at three answers to this
In the first instance, we children of
God sometimes tend to overestimate
ourselves as human beings (James
4:13-14). Some people of God in
olden times realised this, hence Job
25:6 calls man a worm. Whereas God
is infinite, man is finite. He is the
potter and we are the clay; how true!
Also, we tend to underestimate the
sacrifice God has made for us.
Though we are but dust and worms,
God did give His Son for our
redemption – essentially God
Himself, the maker of the universe,
coming to be conceived in a human
womb and be born as human. Not
only that, He subjected Himself to
the limitations of man and was
maltreated by His own creatures; all
just for you and me not to perish in
hellfire but to be with God forever.
Having done all these, He has proved
beyond any reasonable doubt He has
our best interest at heart,
notwithstanding our present situation
(John 3:16, John 15:13, 1 Timothy
Lastly, it is because we tend to forget
that His thoughts are not our
thoughts and His ways are not our
ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Whatever He is
doing, He has our end in view. He is
concerned about how we end; after
all what shall it profit a man if he
gains the whole world but loses his
soul? While looking for a site v our
Camp ground, initially it was the old
Youth Camp at Ogunmakin (South-
West, Nigeria) that we were
negotiating for. But in spite of
prayers and crying to God to take
ownership v it, we had no money to
pay. It eventually went to another
ministry that was able to pay the
required amount. We all wept
because of this experience, but God
knew what He had in store for us –
the Redemption Camp, which is
much bigger and in a much better
Action Point Praise and thank God
for the sacrifice of Jesus for you.
Right now resign your will to Him
over the current issues of your life.

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