GLORIOUS EXPECTATION- 24/02/2014
Yesterday’s message was titled “CHRIST IN YOU” while today’s message is titled “GLORIOUS EXPECTATION” as given by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise 1 Peter 5:10 " But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his external glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered while, make your perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you and read 2 Kings 7:1-10. The Bible in one year reading for today has been taken from Jeremiah 5:14 to Jeremiah 7:29 and Psalms 44:17-26
Quoted below is the message for today. God bless you for contributing to the discussion, amen.
"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 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, through 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 through 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; through 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 with 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. The pronouncement brought to an end both the insecurity and 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 has 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 it."
The action point for today is to praise God for His mercy over Nigeria and 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.
We pray for an overflow of pleasant surprises in this nation in Jesus Name
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited