Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 56
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a video of Daniel O’Donnell singing Here I Am Lord… declaring the true believers desire to diligently follow the Lord in surrender to His will.
Highlight Passage: Numbers 14:41-42 [NKJV] …
41 And Moses said, “Now why do you transgress the command of the Lord? For this will not succeed. 42 Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the Lord is not among you.
… God, thru Moses, warned His people; … but NO, they wouldn’t listen.
Highlight Context – Numbers 13:23-36, 14:39-45 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… God’s people just couldn’t wait patiently for God’s hand to protect them.
Reference Passage #1 - Psalm 37: 7 [NKJV] …
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
… God’s says “patiently!”
Reference Passage #2 - Psalm 119:105 [NKJV] …
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
… Let’s wait for the go-light … HIS go light!!
Reference Passage #3 - Proverbs 3:5-6 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Avoiding impulsive, irresponsible choices.
Reference Passage #4 - Luke 9:23 [NKJV] …
23 Then Jesus said to His followers, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
… If we move forward, are we following Him?
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Tim Gustafson, wrote of the horrible tragedy when our Challenger astronauts died because the shuttle crew were impatient and didn’t heed the warnings about the infamous o-rings. He wrote: On January 28, 1986, after five weather-related delays, the space shuttle Challenger lumbered heavenward amid a thunderous overture of noise and flame. A mere 73 seconds later, system failure tore the shuttle apart, and all seven crew members perished. … The disaster was attributed to an O-ring seal known to have vulnerabilities. Insiders referred to the fatal mistake as “go fever”—the tendency to ignore vital precautions in the rush to a grand goal.
How often in life do we have “go-fever,” plunging ahead impatiently and not waiting on or ignoring the leading of God through His Holy Spirit. Certainly we have biblical evidence of how disastrous “go-fever” can be in the highlight account in Numbers 13-14, linked above, don’t we? Like God’s people then, now we too, all too often, want to control things on our own and we plunge ahead in life, with “go-fever,” and disaster is the result.
Jesus warned his followers what it took to be His disciple (see Luke 9:23). It takes self denial; and patiently waiting on our Lord to lead us (see also Ps. 37:7 and Prov. 3:5-6).
So, today, let’s avoid “GO-fever,” and wait on God to shine His light brightly on our path [see Ps. 119:105], so that we can clearly and diligently follow Him.
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … I pray it almost every day; … shine Your light brightly on my path so that I can’t help but see that it’s Your way, not my way, where I’m walking. … Amen
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