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Open Heavens Daily Devotionals 17th June 2019
OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY 17TH JUNE 2019
THEME: HEARKEN TO THE VOICE OF THE WISDOM.
But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. Proverbs 1:33
READ: Proverbs 1:20-29
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24
This verse reveals that the wisdom of God is not a thing but a personality; hence He speaks, calls, warns and counsels. Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God, and He is speaking to you directly in today’s Bible reading. The wise will listen to what He has to say and build their lives on the sure foundation of the principles that He teaches. In Luke 6:47-48, He says:
“Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”
Because of His great love and compassion for all of mankind, He pleads with us to listen to His counsel and asks why we would choose foolishness instead of the wisdom He offers, He wonders why men hate knowledge, which saves us from temporal and eternal calamity when we correctly apply it to our lives. The Wisdom of God even assures us in today’s memory verse that whoever hearkens to Him and does His bidding will live in safety, free from all evils. If I were you, I would listen to what He has to say, act on His warnings and walk in the counsel that He gives.
Beloved, the Wisdom of God calls out to you today from Matthew 11:28-30, saying:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Have you responded positively to this call? You may not know it but answering this call is the best decision you can make in life. In this call lies salvation, prosperity, rest of mind and total freedom from all forms of stress. The burden of sin is unbearable! It is therefore a wise thing to respond to the call of the one who can remove this burden from us. Answering the call of Jesus unto salvation is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 1:31-32 declares the calamity that will befall those who fail to answer His call. May that not be your portion in Jesus’ Name. determine to harken to the voice of God’s Wisdom from today onward.
Father, give me listening ears to hear Your warnings and counsel and a willing heart to do according to what You say, in Jesus’ Name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 16-17
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 3: TRUST AND OBEY.
1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
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