OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY OCTOBER 24TH 2022
THEME: PEACE LIKE A RIVER
MEMORISE: The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Psalms 29:11
READ: Isaiah 48:18 -22
18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
19 Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.
20 Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob.
21 And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
From the above passage, we see a direct link between obeying God’s commandments and having peace like a river. When someone just receives Christ, the first thing they experience is peace. Somehow, they just suddenly feel at peace. That is what happens to children of God, because the One in us is the Prince of Peace Himself. The memory verse for today says that God will only give peace to His people. If you are not one of His people, there can be no peace for you. Those who disobey God have no peace (Isaiah 48:22).
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but rhe righteous are as bold as a lion.
Having all the money in the world would not bring you peace. You get peace by simply obeying the word of God. I am privileged to have met many wealthy people, and when I say wealthy, I mean very wealthy.. However, some of these people cannot sleep at night. There was an extremely wealthy man who said to me once that he could not sleep. He explained that whenever he closed his eyes to sleep, he would find himself amongst dead people. I may not be so wealthy, but once my head hits my pillow, l fell asleep.
The fellow, who stole yesterday cannot be at peace because he is hoping that police will not knock on his door the next minute. The one engaged in extra-marital affairs cannot be at peace because the moment he sees his wife picking up his phone, he may have a heart attack. The one who lied yesterday will be constantly thinking of other lies that will support the one already told.
Disobeying God’s word takes away your peace.
Choose to be obedient to the Lord at all times and His peace shall flow like a river in your life.
Nothing and no one can give you peace except the Prince of Peace Himself.
BIBILE IN ONE YEAR: Mark 12-13
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 28: WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD
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 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 blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]
3 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. [Refrain]
4 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. [Refrain]