Friday, October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014 … From Sneaker to Seeker

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 290

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to see/hear a video of Sara Groves singing one of her best songs, It’s Going To Be Alright, declaring the truth that we don’t ever need to run from God in fear because with God, all will be okay!

Highlight Passage: Jonah 2: 1-2 [NKJV} …
  1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. 2 And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, … And He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice.” 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Jonah 1:1-2:2 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  Jonah prays for deliverance …

Reference Passage #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 Passage #2 … Exodus 2:11–3:6 - GO TO THIS LINK   … God pursues Moses in the wilderness

Reference Passage #3 … Judges, Chapter 6 - GO TO THIS LINK   … God pursues Gideon, hiding in a wine barrel

Reference Passage #4 … 1st Kings 19: 1-7 - GO TO THIS LINK   … God saves Elijah on the run from Jezebel

Reference Passage #5 … Psalms 139: 7-10 - GO TO THIS LINK   … No where to hide from God

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Randy Kilgore, opens with the author telling a cute story about his child as an infant. According to Kilgore, his baby daughter, not even a toddler, developed a strategy to escape challenging situations. She apparently reasoned that when she closed her eyes, since she couldn’t see anyone, no one could see her. So, when she wanted to escape a situation, she would merely close her eyes.

 Well the Bible is full of stories of God’s men trying to sneak away or escape from their fellow man or God [see Reference passages #2-4 linked above]; but probably the most obvious of these is Jonah, who was charged to go to Nineveh but ended up in the belly of a big fish, praying to be saved. And, of course, we know of God’s pursuit of this “sneaker” … who would become a seeker after all. And in the other Bible story links above we read of other men of God, who were on the run from God; but God ran them down and helped them to become Godly men.

 No, … my fellow seeker, … as Psalm 139: 7-10, linked above, proclaims, … there’s no where to go to hide from God; because as Deuteronomy 31: 8 declares, God will, not only NEVER forsake us, … He goes ahead of us to pave the way for us to follow Him.

 So, let’s quit running from God today. As Sara Groves (see song link above) sings, … ”It’s Gonna Be Alright!!”

My Prayer for Today … Lord, … Thank You for ALWAYS being there for me. … Amen

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