Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016: More Questions Than Answers

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 26

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of the lyrics from Big Daddy Weave singing the old classic … Trust and Obey, expressing our hearts as disciples of Christ when we are faced by more questions than answers.

Highlight Passage:   Job 23:8 [NKJV] …
  8 “Look, I go forward, but His is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive Him; … 
 … Sometimes, wherever we look for God’s answers, we still have questions.
Highlight Context – Job 23:1-12 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Job had much faith; but he still had many questions …

Reference Passage #1 Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] …
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. 
… At times all we can do is trust and obey.

Reference Passage #2 Isaiah 55: 8-9 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Some day we’ll get it … that God is God and we are not! … And He has the answers when all we have is questions.

Reference Passage #3 Habakkuk 1:1-4 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Habakkuk was a confused Prophet, who had many questions of God, where God led Him to trust that God had all the right answers.

Reference Passage #4 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. 
… But do we really trust Him on this one.

Reference Passage #5 Hebrews 13:5-6 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Repeating from Deut. 31: 6 and Ps. 118:6, the Author of Hebrews exhorts our confidence in a God which we sometimes just don’t understand, especially when we end up with more questions than answers.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David C McCasland, reminded me of conundrum or dilemma I often face, where I’ve exhausted all my human reason and even searched exhaustively to answer a “WHY” question in my life; but I come up with more questions than answers. Ever been there? I’d bet that almost all reading here with me have that T-shirt, don’t you? 

My ODB author today wrote as follows, Throughout life we may experience sorrows for which there are no adequate explanations. Some are catastrophic events with far-reaching effects while others are personal, private tragedies that alter our individual lives and families. We want to know WHY, but we seem to find more questions than answers. Yet even as we struggle with “Why?” God extends His unfailing love to us. 

The questions become, as Big Daddy Weave sings in the linked song today, … Do we trust … and can we obey, … our God? So many things in life present more questions than answers; and we simply, but most challengingly, are forced to just “trust and obey.”

All of the above great names in the Bible [see scriptures above], … Job, Isaiah, Habakkuk, the Apostle Paul, and the Author of Hebrews, ... were faced with a serious time in their lives where there were far more questions and answers; and they simply had to surrender to the “trust and obey” conundrum as do we many days and times in our lives. 

Because let’s face it, … God is God and we are not.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Today, Lord, at least in this moment of humility, I trust You and seek to obey. Amen

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