Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK ... Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song, images, and lyrics from Jeremy Camp inging … The Answer … poignantly singing of how we, as Christians, have THE ANSWER to all the sudden changes in the road of life; and THE ANSWER is to follow Jesus.
WARNING - Rough Roads Ahead !!
Highlight Verse[s]: James 4:15 [ESV] ... 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
… Instead of worrying or boasting about tomorrow, God, thru James, commands us to follow God’s will and His way on the roads of life.
Highlight Passage [context]: James 4:13-17 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK ...
… God, thru James, warns Christians not to boast or worry about tomorrow.
Reference Passage : … Psalm 119:105 [ESV] … 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
… God’s word must be the Christian’s GPS in life, … lighting our path thru the dark and unpredictable roads in life.
Reference Passage : … Luke 9:23 [ESV] … 23 And He said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. …”
… Jesus commands His followers to deny our way and follow HIs thru life.
Reference Passage : … John 16:33 [ESV] … 33 … “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
… Jesus warns us that the roads of life will be tough; but we need not worry because He is our “Overcomer.”
Reference Passage : … Romans 8:28 [ESV] … 28 And we know that, for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.
… No matter what unpredictable road we’re traveling in life; as long as we’re following God’s “GPS,” we’ll be okay!!
Reference Passage : … Ephesians 5:15-16 [ESV] … 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
… Yes, in these evil days we are to do all we can to wisely plan our way.
Reference Passage : … Philippians 4:6-7 [ESV] … USE THIS LINK …
… On all the rough roads of life, we’re not to worry; but rather take our fears or concerns to God in prayer to find peace as we travel the rough roads of life.
My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Bill Crowder, shows how the road of life can rapidly become unpredictable and rough as we travel thru life, no matter how much planning we do. … The ODB author wrote: In January 1943, warm Chinook winds hit Spearfish, South Dakota, quickly raising the temperatures from –4° to 45°F (–20° to 7°C). That drastic weather change—a swing of 49 degrees—took place in just two minutes. The widest temperature change recorded in the USA over a twenty-four-hour period is an incredible 103 degrees! On January 15, 1972, Loma, Montana, saw the temperature jump from −54° to 49°F (–48° to 9°C).
Sudden change, however, is not simply a weather phenomenon. It’s sometimes the very nature of life.
Yes, we know, on the road of life, that we’re going to encounter rough roads and sudden, unexpected changes. However, … God’s word, which is to be the Christian’s “GPS” (“God’s Positioning System”), tells us to follow His road map so as to plan ahead (see Ps. 119:105 and Eph. 5:15-16). But even Jesus, Whom we follow thru life as Christians (Luke 9:23), warns us that we’re going to encounter rough roads ahead (see photo and John 16:33).
But, that last passage from Jesus also promises that HE has overcome those bumps and turns in the road; and His “GPS” [i.e., His Word] also tells us that in expecting and negotiating those rough roads, they will be for our good and His glory (see Rom 8:28). So, … watch out today, and know that the road may be unpredictable; but we don’t need to worry (see Phil. 4:6-7) because we have God’s “GPS” and we’re following THE ANSWER (see linked song).
My THANKFULNESS: ... Oh Abba Father, ... thank You, Lord, … for showing us THE WAY in life - Your way - no matter how rough they may be.
My Prayer Today: Oh Abba Father, ... King Jesus, ... I pray, Lord, that all reading here will join me today, to diligently follow God’s “GPS,” no matter how unpredictable it may be. Amen
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