Monday, April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016: Way Bigger Than Our Mess

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 116  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Sara Groves singing here song, It’s Going To Be All Right, singing the truth that our God is always there to help us clean up the messes of our life.

Highlight Passage:  2 Samuel 22: 29 [NKJV] … 
29 For You are my lamp, O Lord; … the Lord shall enlighten my darkness. 
… Knowing myself, … this is most encouraging !!
Highlight Context – 2 Samuel 22:26-37 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God is always way bigger than the mess we can create in this life.

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 direct your paths. 
… I believe it; but the only word I have trouble with is “ALL.”

Reference Passage #2 - Lamentations 3: 22-23 [NKJV] …  
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; … Great is Your faithfulness. 
… And knowing the truth of Romans 3:23; aren’t we glad of this truth.

Reference Passage #3 - 1st Corinthians 10:13 [NKJV] …  
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 
… Remember - the Greek for the word “temptation” can also be translated “test or trial or tribulation or trouble” … all “Ts” which occur in all of our lives; and God is ALWAYS faithful to be there to help us in such messy times.

My Journal for Today:  Our Daily Bread author, David McCasland, wrote the following when teaching today about God always being there to help us clean up our messes. A major theme of the Old Testament book of 2nd Samuel could easily be “Life is a mess!” It has all the elements of a blockbuster TV miniseries. As David sought to establish his rule as king of Israel, he faced military challenges, political intrigue, and betrayal by friends and family members. And David himself was certainly not without guilt as his relationship with Bathsheba clearly showed (chs. 11–12). 

As the ODB author relates, David was both a great hero of the faith and a way big “messer upper.” When he did great things for God, they were great things as with Goliash. But when he messed up, he REALLY messed up, didn’t he, as with Bathsheba? But through it all, God recognized that David’s heart was for his Lord; and God was always there to help David clean up His messes and move on to serve The LORD.

And that’s the God we serve as well; … a God Who is way bigger than our messes; and when we get in the dark, messy places of life, our God will be there to help us clean up and move on (see the reference passages above).

Please take in the attached photo, hear the linked song, and meditate on God’s truth above; and then, if we have some mess in our lives, let’s do all we can do to clean up and then leave the forgiveness part to God; … and then, let’s move on for His glory.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … thank You, Lord, for being there along my path of life to help me clean up and move one. Amen  

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