Open Heaven 10 May 2019 Friday – GODLY COUNSEL PRODUCES WISE DECISIONS
Open Heaven 10 May 2019 Memorise: Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14
Read: Genesis 41:33-40 Open Heaven 10 May 2019
33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.
37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
Open Heaven 10 May 2019
Bible in one year: Exodus 13:14, Jeremiah 32:26-44
Hymnal: Sing hymn 3
Message: – Open Heaven 10 May 2019 Friday Daily Devotional
In our daily lives, we need godly counsel. More importantly, people in power need to realise that they need godly counsel in order to rule well. Godly counsel is vital for the success of any human endeavour. I pray that you will never suffer the famine of godly counsel all the days of your life in Jesus’ Name.
In today’s Bible reading, Pharaoh demonstrated the character of a wicked king. He dreamt a dream which he could not interpret, and he sought counsel to get its interpretation. Amazingly, it was Pharaoh’s cupbearer who offered him the counsel that led to his problem being solved. The counsel offered by the cupbearer was the result of his encounter with an oracle of God in prison. There are many lessons we can learn from this story, first of which is not to despise those whom God has placed around us, and not to ignore their counsel. Pharaoh could have dismissed the cupbearer’s counsel as coming from an uneducated person taking undue advantage of his access to the king.
Furthermore, who could have expected to find a genuine and accurate interpreter of dreams in a prison yard? It was indeed the “God-factor” that made the king seek after Joseph, for all odds were against him. The most interesting thing in the story is Pharaoh’s decision to put Joseph in charge of the massive project that resulted from the dream’s interpretation. How unsearchable are the ways of God!
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A lot of godly counsel has been dismissed by people in leadership, leading to their downfall. This has also had destructive effects on the people they lead. Godly counsel can lead to wise decisions that will bring prosperity to communities, cities, nations and organisations. Leaders in all spheres of life should also learn from how Pharaoh placed a round peg in a round hole to achieve good governance. Pharaoh could have insisted on appointing an indigenous Egyptian to be in charge of the enormous project to be undertaken. He could also have bastardised the divine arrangement that God had put in place to save the whole of his empire.
Beloved, where do you seek counsel from? Do you go to God and his servants or to the devil and his soothsayers? Remember, only godly counsel can produce wise decisions in your life’s endeavours, regardless of the vessel God uses to deliver it. The Lord has on several occasions used my children in the Lord to give counsel that has taken our ministry to the level where it is today. This is why I cherish all the children the Lord has given to me in the faith, and why I endeavour to train them in the ways of the Lord, so that they in turn can be channels of godly counsel to me and those I set them over. This has worked and is still working for us.
Prayer Point – Open Heaven 10 May 2019
Father, help me to recognise and accept the godly counsel you send my way, in Jesus’ Name.
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