Saturday, April 23, 2016

April 23, 2016: God’s Unchanging Word

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 114

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of the Maranatha Singers singing the praise song, Thy Word, declaring the reality of God’s unchanging trustworthy word in an ever-changing, challenging world.

Highlight Passage:  Psalm 119: 89-90, 105 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… God’s word is unchanging and lights our path thru an every changing world.
Highlight Context – Psalm 119 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God, thru this unknown Psalmist, declares the power and promise of His unchanging word.

Reference Passage #1 - Joshua 1: 8 [NKJV] …
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 
 … God’s promises Joshua that his dedication/discipline in God’s word would guide him to success in carrying out God’s will.

Reference Passage #2 - Isaiah 55:11 [NKJV] …
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; … It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper the thing for which I send it. 
… God, thru Isaiah, declares the power and the promise of His word.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Dennis Fisher, told a story about a building standing through the bombing of WW2 to illustrate the permanence of God’s word. He wrote: At the beginning of World War II, aerial bombings flattened much of Warsaw, Poland. Cement blocks, ruptured plumbing, and shards of glass lay strewn across the great city. In the downtown area, however, most of one damaged building still stubbornly stood. It was the Polish headquarters for the British and Foreign Bible Society. Still legible on a surviving wall were these words: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away” (Matt. 24:35). 

And as ODB author Fisher points out, that latter statement from Jesus was made in response to His disciples asking about the end of the age, with Jesus trying to show them the permanence and power of His word in an ever-changing … ever-unpredictable world.

Somebody, once said, “The only thing thing we can count on is change;” … and when it comes to this fast-paced, information age, we’re continually bombarded with changing and challenging times, aren’t we? So, what do we rely upon? And the Psalmist who penned Psalm 119 answered that question for himself (and other believers) by declaring, over and over again, how much we can rely upon God’s word, … God’s book of the Law, … His truth … to stabilize and guide our lives.

And when Joshua’s life was sent spinning by the death of Moses; and he was charged with God’s will to take the chosen ones into the promised land, God told Joshua (as He would us) to stay in and rely upon God’s word (see Joshua 1:8); because as God declared, through His Prophet, Isaiah, … His word will never be void and will ALWAYS accomplish what God intends for it [see Isaiah 55:11]. 

That’s why, dear ones, I’m here every morning, delving deeper and deeper into God’s unchanging and truth-bearing word. It’s my GPS for life (hear the song linked above and take in Psalm 119: 105); and I know I can always trust God’s truth to be my guide in this ever-changing world (see the attached photo).

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … Show me the light from Your word, dear Lord, and I will follow You. Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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