OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE 2015. THEME : REST IN THE LORD.

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MEMORISE : But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added unto you. MATTHEW 6 : 33.

READ : MATTHEW 6 : 31- 34.
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we
drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father
knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take
thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 KINGS 6 : 24 – 8 : 15 AND LUKE 8 : 40 – 9 : 6.

Nobody cares for us like our Heavenly Father. The devil and the world want to
deceive you to think that they care more than He does, but you must not allow
yourself to be deceived like Eve ( 1Timothy 2 : 14 ). The devil deceived Eve to
think that God was being too high-handed by restricting her to eat of certain
fruits alone ( Genesis 3 : 1 – 5 ).

Jesus expressed the depth of the Father’s love and care for us in our Bible
reading. He consequently admonished us to stop worrying about things that
have already been sorted out by our Heavenly Father. He also declared to us
what our priority should be (Matthew 6:33). He said when we focus on the
priority, the rest of those things that are needful shall be provided for us.
Unfortunately, some children of God are too mindful of the “interest” at the
expense of the “principal”. They are too mindful of the “other things”, which
indeed are necessities, at the expense of our main priority, which is the
kingdom of God. If you genuinely seek the kingdom of God, faithful is He that
has promised; all your other necessities shall be added unto you.
It is amazing to know that God provided what He considered to be our needs,
even before He created us. This shows us that God has ever been mindful of our
basic necessities. In the creation story, God used the first five days of
creation to provide all that man would ever need; after which He created man in
His own image on the sixth day ( Genesis 1 : 26 – 31 ). Man began to worry
about what to eat, drink, wear and what would become of his future after the
Fall ( Genesis 3 : 7 – 8 ).

We can see the goodness of God demonstrated even after the fall of man. In
spite of man’s rebellious act, God still sought after him in the garden. He called
Adam and Eve out of their hiding place, and after rebuking them, He clothed
them properly. Genesis 3 : 21 says :
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and
clothed them.”

There is need for us as children of God to trust that our Heavenly Father is
mindful of our well-being. If we do, we will not be anxious for anything like
those who don’t know God. We will have peace, joy and contentment ( 1
Timothy 6 : 6 – 8 ). I want you to consider Philippians 4 : 19 as God’s assurance
of His provision for your life. Praise Him for this blessed assurance.

ACTION POINT :
Is there any lack in your life? Tell your Heavenly Father about it today. He will
pleasantly surprise you.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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