*OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
*DATE: TUESDAY 4TH AUGUST 2020*
*THEME: REMEMBER LOT'S WIFE II*
*"Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction." Proverbs 10:14*
*READ: Psalm 90:12*
*So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.*
*It is wise to learn from the experience of others, but sometimes, we ourselves have experiences we ought to learn from.* Nebuchadnezzar was a man who learnt from his personal experience. God had warned him in a dream and also arranged for Daniel not only to interpret the dream to him, but also to counsel him on how to escape the wrath of God. Unfortunately, *he did not heed the warning and for seven years, he ate grass like an animal (Daniel 4). Thank God he got a second chance.* By the time he came back to his senses, *he had learnt his lessons and recognised Jehovah as the real King. Nobody needed to teach him that again; his experience had done enough.* Daniel 4:34 says:
*"And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:"*
*There are however, some foolish people who refuse to either learn from the experience of others or even theirs. Such people usually never live to tell the story.* King Pharaoh for example, should have realised, at least by the third plague, that the God of Israel is not a God to fight. Little wonder God hardened his heart afterwards and he did not realise this truth even after the tenth plague and his eventual death (Exodus 9).
*Many people talk about the foolishness of Pharaoh, but some are doing the same thing. How can someone who committed adultery and lost some privileges from that act still go back into it? How can someone who stole and was imprisoned come out and steal again? For people who refuse to learn from personal experience, the end will be disastrous if they don't repent and forsake their sins. A word is enough for the wise.*
*Learn from your past experiences and those of others. Remember Lot's wife.*
*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Kings 22-23 2 Chronicles 34-35*
*AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE*
*HYMN 18: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE*
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!
2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!
3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Saviour, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!