Saturday, October 24, 2015

October 24, 2015:  A Season of Change

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 296  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Phillips, Craig, an Dean singing, He’ll Do Whatever It Takes , … declaring the reality of God’s desire to take us through whatever it takes for Him to provide us with the grace to be transformed into His image.

Highlight Passage:   Ecclesiastes 3: 1 [NKJV] …  
1 To everything there is a season, … a time for every purpose under heaven. 
…  Solomon … who had gone into a season dormancy of faith, comes out to declare God’s truth of such a time.
Highlight Context – Exodus 2: 11-22 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  
…  Moses goes dormant to the world for 40 years as a shepherd in the Midianite wilderness 

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.” 
… God was to take His people into dormancy for 40 years in the wilderness

Reference Passage #2 - Romans 8: 28 [NKJV] … 
28 ALL things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purposes. 
… And sometimes those “things” take a long time.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Julie Ackerman Link, today’s ODB author, writes, …  [See attached photo]

There are times in our lives, sometimes long, seasons of dormancy, where we can’t seem to explain what is happening. It can be a reflection of the truth Solomon wrote about when he came out of many years of spiritual dormancy, where the so-called “wisest man on earth” was separated from fellowship with his Lord because of his pridefulness, arrogance, and selfishness. But Solomon discovered that God had taken him through that time of life for a reason; and he wrote about it in his journal which we know of as the Book of Ecclesiastes [see Eccles. 3: 1 above].

 And Moses was taken by God into an exile and transformation time as we read about in today’s highlight scripture (see Exodus 2: 11-22 linked above). And he came out of that time of spiritual dormancy a changed and prepared man for what was to lie ahead in God’s plan for his life. And finally after another 40 years of leading God’s people through their time of dormancy, Moses declares to Joshua [see Deut. 31:8], who would take God’s people into the Promised Land, that God was to go ahead of them and lead them into the land He had promised for His people.

 There are times in our lives - sometimes very LONG, often confusing, times - where we can’t see where God is leading us. But as the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8: 28 ALL THINGS, even times of extended drought or dormancy, are for the good of those of us who’ve surrendered to God’s purposes. The question is … have we truly surrendered and accepted those times of transformation? And can we wait for God to do His thing in making us over into His own image?

 I’ll leave those questions for us all to ponder today.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, Jesus! … Sometimes I don’t have a clue - but you always do! … Amen  

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