Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014 … Wisdom! … God’s or the World’s??

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 176

Devotional Song: Go to this link …   Please go to this You Tube video link to hear Kathy Trocolli singing I Will Choose Christ, reminding all Christians that in the face of all the world’s pressures, we must choose to serve our Lord.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: 1st Samuel 24: 6 [NKJV] …
6 And he said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.”
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: 1st Samuel 24: 1-10 [NKJV] … Go to this link  

Reference Passages #1 Proverbs 1: 7 [NKJV] …  
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Reference Passages #2 Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] …  
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Reference Passages #3 2nd Corinthians 5: 17 …  
6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, …

 Reference Passages #4 James 3: 17 …  
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

My Journal for Today: Ever been in a place where your friends or worldly logic was pushing you one way but you just knew – down deep in your heart – their advice was just not THE way you should go? >>> Of course, we all have been there; and some of us caved to the pressures of the world and others stood their ground and went the way of our conscience or where we thought God was leading us.

That was David’s dilemma as he was trying to escape the wrath of King Saul, described in today’s highlight passage as he confronted the King in a cave (see the passage in 1st Samuel 24). And in this scenario, all human logic – reinforced by David’s followers – would have been to kill the king and get him off David’s back. But as we read from the passage, David didn’t relent to the world’s ways; because he knew to do so would be an affront to God’s anointed King. David follow God’s wisdom rather than the world’s.

It’s tough to do business God’s way in today’s world, isn’t it? So many ways of the world seem logical or we get pressure from our peers, friends, and even loved ones to go a certain way; but then there’s always God’s way to consider, isn’t there? And so many times, going down the roads of life God’s way takes us away from the paths of the world.

But we must choose the way we’re going; and as Kathy Trocolli sings in the song I’ve linked any reader here today, I pray that we all choose Christ’s way.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, lead me Your way today. … Amen

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