Monday, November 09, 2015

November 9, 2015:  Safe Harbor

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 312 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Sara Groves singing… It’s Going To Be Alright, … declaring the reality of the ultimate peace found in a deep and abiding relationship with Christ. He’s our lighthouse in the storms of life.

Highlight Passage:   Psalm 107: 19 [NKJV] …
5 And they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. 
 … Taking our lost friends to Jesus.
Highlight Context – Psalm 107 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… The Lord is our God of deliverance

Reference Passage #1 - Romans 15: 13 [NKJV] … 
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 
… Paul knew where to lead others for joy and peace … into the arms of the Holy Spirit.

Reference Passage #2 - 1st Peter 5: 6-7 [NKJV] … 
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 
… Peter knew and exhorted others to come to the Lord, humbly, and cast all our cares on Him.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Dennis Fishers, illustrated his teaching with the attached photo and a story about Charity Island. He writes, Charity Island is the largest island in Saginaw Bay in the Michigan waters of Lake Huron. For many years the island has provided a lighthouse for navigational aid and a safe harbor for those sailing these waters. The island received its name because sailors believed it was there “through the charity of God.” … Sometimes in life we have to navigate through seas of troubling circumstances. Like those sailors we need guidance and a place of safety; we might wish for our own Charity Island. 

Dennis Fisher is asking his readers (me) to head towards God’s light of safety in the storms of life. The Psalmist in today’s highlight passage (please take the time to meditate on Psalm 107 linked above) wrote his song to steer sojourners to the one source of peace as God leads us into and out of the storms we face in life. Paul (see Romans 15: 13) knew exactly where to lead Christians when we face rough seas - into the hope we find in a deep and abiding relationship with God’s Spirit. And Peter, writing to harshly persecuted Christians in 1st Peter 5:6-7, also pointed us, as born-again believers to cast off all our cares on THE ONE Who cares for us.

 In a storm today? … Look to the Charity Lighthouse, Who is our Lord! And use the link to hear Sara Groves singing, … It’s Going To Be Alright.

My Prayer Today:  Yes, Lord, … Coming out of a storm right now, and You shine your Light for me to head in out of the winds and into Your arms of peace. … Amen

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