THERE FOR A PURPOSE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
DATE : Tuesday 18 November 2014
THEME : THERE FOR A PURPOSE
Memorise:
And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28
Read: 2 Kings 5:1-4
5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of
Syria, was a great man with his master, and
honourable, because by him the LORD had given
deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in
valour, but he was a leper.
5:2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies,
and had brought away captive out of the land of
Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s
wife.
5:3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my
lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he
would recover him of his leprosy.
5:4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus
and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 13:1-16:7 and
PROVERBS 28:2-13
Message
Known unto God are all His works from the
foundation of the world (Acts 15:18). One of the
arguments some philosophers put up for the
existence of God is that, the Cause of all things
must be a rational and intelligent being because to
everything the Cause caused to be, is a purpose
given. This so-called Cause is God and there is
nothing He created that has no purpose. Whatever
God permits to come to you or to come your way
has a purpose. There is a purpose behind you being
an African, European, Asian or American. Far
beyond the superficial things you may be looking
for in that your exalted position in that
organisation, God may have something in mind for
you to accomplish. Maybe you got sponsored and
supported to occupy a political office or maybe you
are in government, have you found out why He
opened that door to you, or are you busy seeking
mundane things for yourself like the ungodly and
unpatriotic ones?
In some cases, God’s purpose might bring you into
an unpleasant or undesirable situation, just like the
young girl in today’s Bible reading. She was taken
captive from her native land in Samaria to the far
and strange land of Syria. However, see what great
effect the quiet little counsel she gave her mistress
had in the life of the great but leprous commander
of the Syrian army, and by extension the entire
nation of Syria. Beyond the healing of her master,
she projected the God of her fathers among the
heathen, so that He might be feared and honoured.
It is a pity that some Christians today do things that
bring shame and reproach to the name of God.
Such people misrepresent God through their
compromising acts among sinners. Hear what the
little girl said in 2 Kings 5:3:
“And she said unto her mistress, Would God my
lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he
would recover him of his leprosy.”
It was just this one-minute piece of information
God was waiting for to orchestrate a chain of
events that would culminate in His name being
glorified among the heathen. From this story, we
also learn why it is good to be nice and kind to
those who are around us, even servants,
housemaids, gardeners, drivers etc. Some bosses
despise and treat their subordinates inhumanely.
Some housemaids, drivers and workers are treated
as though they are not human beings (Colossians
4:1). If Naaman and his wife had been maltreating
this maid, she probably would not have given them
the counsel that led to the removal of their shame
and reproach.
Action Point:
Objectively identify what exactly you are living for.

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