Open Heavens Daily Devotional 22 December 2017 – Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Topic: Working Something Out
Memorise:“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
Read: Genesis 50:15-21 (KJV)
50:15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
50:16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
50:17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
50:18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
50:19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
50:21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
Bible in one year: Proverbs 13-16, Zachariah 10
Hymn: Sing Hymn 4
MESSAGE: Not every seemingly negative situation is as bad as it looks or sound. In fact, for those called according to God’s purpose, who love God and are His will, every event works to deliver something good to them (Romans 8:28). This is why we are told that we walk by faith and not by sight (2nd Corinthians 5:7). If you view every incident with your limited understanding, you will be deceived.
God can bring out something good from the evil works of your enemies, and in the end, they will end up being fooled, deceived or misguided. If you walk with the Holy Spirit allow Him shed His light on events happening around you, you will see what He is working out for you, and you will react differently to seemingly unpleasant things.
Instead of sorrowing or being aggrieved, will be rejoicing and celebrating. Why? It is because you have begun to see as the Holy Spirit sees.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
Beloved, if you are saved and standing in God’s will, please know that whatever God allows to come your way is your good. In the various situations of life you are confronted with, God is working out something for you. He is always in control. The devil may brag, shake the whole place and get everyone afraid, but God is the one at the helm affairs. He is the One holding the rudder of the ship. He is fully in control and He never stops working.
As the devil is scheming, God tempers with his plans. By the time his plans materialize, instead of working against you originally designed, the devil will see them working for your good and in your favour. Even in very bad situations, God can still work out something good. Can you imagine anything good ever coming out of Samson’s fall? After he fell and was arrested, he was shaved, blinded and made an object of the mockery by the philistines (Judges 16:17-30).
However, when he repented, God tinkered with his situation, and at the end of it all, the enemies he killed in his pitiable state where more than all those he killed while he had his eyes and freedom. Beloved, just submit to God in whatever situation you find yourself and you will be shocked at what great feat God can still achieve through you in that situation.
Prayer Point: Father, I thank You for always causing all things to work together for my good.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Messages was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.