Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 154
Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please go this video link to hear Laura Story singing her biographical song Blessings, reminding Christians that blessings can be found in the greatest challenges and trials of life.
Highlight Passage – NKJV: Deuteronomy 8: 2 [NKJV] …
2 And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Deuteronomy 8: 1-3; 11-16 [NKJV] … Go to this link …
Reference Passages #1 Deuteronomy 31: 8 [NKJV] …
8 And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
Reference Passages #2 Romans 8: 28 [NKJV] …
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Reference Passages #3 2nd Peter 1: 2-4 … Go to this link …
My Journal for Today:
“Why me, Lord?!!” …
Ever been in a place, maybe when you feel you’ve bottomed out in life, that you felt that God was nowhere to be found; … maybe that He had abandoned you all together?
Laura Story, the award winning Christian singer/song-writer, was there a few years ago when her new husband was found to have a brain tumor. But from the series of brain surgeries and the rehab that followed, Laura and her hubby came to learn the true meaning of Romans 8: 28; and she and her husband – together – learned that God’s blessings are not always the “warm-and-fuzzies” of life, which we Christians so often characterize God’s “BLESSINGS” to be. And the Storys now know that some of God’s greatest “blessings” come from the hardest and lowest places in our life. So, I hope you’ve taken the time to hear – or re-listen – to the wonderful song linked above. It sure helped me to remember this truth at a time, right now, where I’m going through one of those low places in life.
That’s what God had to teach His chosen people as they wandered through the wilderness for 40 years before entering into His Promised Land (see the highlight passage linked above in Deuteronomy 8); and it is often the hardest lessons that we must learn in life as Christians; … that our God, Who has promised never to leave us or to even go ahead of us (see Deuteronomy 31: 8), often teaches us our greatest lessons and gives us His greatest blessings in the midst of the toughest times of our life.
And don’t you just love (or maybe hate) the truth in the picture I found to illustrate the faith it takes to live out the truth of Romans 8: 28 … i.e., our “wifi faith.”
My Prayer for Today … Lord, thanks for the reminder in my time with You this morning. I needed that!! … Amen
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