Saturday, 4 August 2012

Open Heavens Devotional: HEEDING TRAFFIC LIGHTS? – Saturday, August 4, 2012 By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise:  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Psalms 37:23
Bible in One year: Deuteronomy 29-31
The things we see in the empirical world ought to give us a better understanding of our God. This truth is expressed in Romans 1:20:
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
We can learn some truths about God by studying traffic lights. This creation of man consists of colours Red, Yellow and Green, the combination of these colours of light is used in exercising control. We find the combination of these colours also present in the rainbow and when white light is dispersed by a prism. We have been looking at the essence of our God from the context of these colours as our God is described as light in 1 John1:5. Psalms 37:23 says:
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
When God loves a man, He will control his movement the same way traffic lights control the movement of vehicles and pedestrians. Take for example Elijah in 1 Kings 17:1-16, God told Elijah, “Go to the brooks” and he went. Later, He told him, “Go to the widow of Zarephath” and he did. Wherever God sent him, he was ready to go and his needs were ever met. Similarly, Isaac was another very obedient servant. If you do a study on him, you will find out that all through his life, there was no where God was angry with him. This is because he lived in obedience. A famine came upon the land and Isaac wanted to leave but God asked him to stay and he obeyed (Genesis 26:1-14). In the same vein, the Lord instructed Joseph to run to Egypt with the child Jesus and he obeyed (Matthew 2:13-23).
Control covers every aspect of life. Sometimes the red light will come on and God will say stop or wait. Many people do not want to see this as they walk with God but it is only for their own good. When you continue to move when God says stop, you will get into trouble. At other times, God may show you the yellow sign, meaning that a particular blessing you have been asking for will soon be released, so get ready. If you are not ready at that time you may miss it. Then there are times God gives you the green light to go on. It could be concerning who to marry, where to further your education, etc. Once you get the green light, go ahead. When you pray to God, He uses these colours to speak to you. Have you been sensitive to these colours? Or do you jump the gun? The one who sees red but gives himself a green will have tales of disappointment to share.
If you will faithfully obey spiritual traffic signs, your progress will be rapid, you will remain in God’s will and you will be spared unnecessary headaches.

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