Open Heavens Devotional: WORD OF HOPE Wednesday 18 April, 2012
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but l hope in thy word. Psalms 119:81
Read: Psalms 119:73-80
At the peak of the famine in Samaria described in 2 Kings 6:25-30, the elders and the king sought help from the Lord by going to the house of Elisha. Immediately, Elisha spoke a prophetic word that there will be a shift from their existing extreme hardship to extreme abundance and it was so. In the name that is above every other name, I decree that God is moving you from your current unpleasant situation to a positive extreme state within the next 48 hours! From 2 Kings 7:1-2, we learn that God is aware of the situation of famine that His children go through. Jesus confirms this in Matthew 6:8:
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
God knows your situation and he knows your needs ever before they are voiced. If God is not responsible for a famine, then you can trace the cause, take necessary corrective measures and ask Him to remove it. But if He called for it, He has a reason for doing so. In such a situation, prayerfully seek His face to determine the purpose of the famine and what you are expected to do next.
We also learn from the same scripture (2 Kings 7:1-2) that the prophetic word from a truly anointed servant of God can be used of God to do the impossible. All Elisha did was to make a pronouncement according to the Word of God and a paralyzed economy was revived in 24 hours! The word of God gives you hope. If you give God’s Word its rightful place in your heart, you can never be hopeless. Words of men cannot do you much good in a time of famine or hopelessness. In fact, listening to some people at such a time may compound the situation. The Word of God has something for the hopeless. It will rescue you from the doldrums of despondency and hopelessness. No wonder that, in spite of all that the Psalmist passed through, he kept hoping in God’s Word (Psalm 119:74, 81). If you want to receive courage, guidance and hope from God, read the Bible daily, spend time to study it, listen to it often, meditate on it and do it.
Pray that God will make a way for nations going through famine and war to restore abundance and peace to them.
Bible in one year: Isaiah 10-12