Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015 … Trust and Obey

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 83

Devotional Song: ... Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a video of Big Daddy Weave singing his version of the old hymn… Trust and Obey, declaring what should be the goal of every Christian to seek our relationship with Jesus by completely trusting Him in obedience to His word. 

Highlight Passage Psalm 56: 3 [NKJV] … 
3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. 
… Easier said than done; isn't it?! …
Highlight Context - Psalm 56 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… David’s trusting prayer in the face of danger

Reference Passage #1 - 1st Samuel 21:10 - 22:2 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… David’s fearful retreat to Gath - the story behind Psalm 56 …

Reference Passage #2 - Isaiah 41: 10 [NKJV] … 
10 Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. 
… God’s promise when we’re fearful! …

Reference Passage #3 - Luke 8: 25 [NKJV] … 
25 But He [Jesus] said to them [His disciples in the storm], “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” 
… Sometimes all we can do, in the storms of life, as disciples of Christ is trust and obey! …

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Joe Stowell, uses a teaching illustration with which any parent can likely identify and empathize. It’s depicted in the fearful eyes of a child who’s already been to the doctor for a shot [see attached photo]; and we as a parent have to take them back for their shots a second time. The fear can be palpable; and often we parents have to be there with the child to go though the follow-up shots, don’t we? When we tell them, “It’s for your own good;” they have to stretch in trust quite a bit to obey us to go to that doctor with the needles again. And so often, as parents, we’ll even have to be there to hold them as the doctor administers the needle.

 And we adults are not too much different than that when we face fearful challenges, are we? When one reads how the anointed future king, David, had to run from King Saul, we see how far David had to go in trusting his God when he retreated to Gath to escape Saul. Remember Gath was the home-place of Goliath; and so it had a special memory for David. And the story is found in the linked passage above in 1st Samuel, Chapters 21-22, where David even feigned mental illness before the King of Gath to escape Saul. And I’m afraid we’re very much like David, aren’t we, when we’re facing threatening prospects ahead? We often cower like a little child facing shots and we need to run to loving Heavenly Father in faith, … a Lord and Savior, Jesus, … Whom we can trust and obey in face of dangers and trials.

 So, today, … if we face some threatening set of circumstances ahead, let’s do what Big Daddy Weave sings in his version of the old hymn; … let’s simply “trust and obey” in The One Who will alway be there for us.

My Prayer Today: Lord, in You I trust and obey. Amen

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