Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016: Trusting God, No Matter What!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 119  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Cece Wynans and Andre Crouch, at a Gaither gathering, singing the old hymnThrough It All, singing of the trust we can - and must - have in Jesus, no matter what our circumstances. … And THEN TO THIS LINK to hear Big Daddy Weave singing a contemporary arrangement of the old hymn, Trust and Obey .

Highlight Passage:  Malachi 1:2 [NKJV] … 
2 “I have loved you (Israel),” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?” …” 
… Why can’t we just trust our Lord? Doesn’t He have a good enough track record?
Highlight Context – Malachi 1:1-10; 4:5-6 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
 … Malachi prophesying for God to Israel upon their return to rebuild the Temple from Babylon in the days of Nehemiah

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. 
… Don’t we so often have trouble really believing in the reality of Whom we serve?

Reference Passage #2 - John 14:21 [NKJV] …  
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 
… Jesus tells His Disciples how we must love Him to have Him manifest in/through us.

Reference Passage #3 - Romans 8: 28 [NKJV] …  
28 All things work together for the good for those who love God and are the called according to His purposes. 
 … True!; … but do we really believe it … and live by its truth?

My Journal for Today:  Our Daily Bread author, Dave Branon, used the historical times when God’s remnant were allowed to return from Babylon to Jerusalem, in the times of Ezra and Nehemiah, to rebuild the Temple and the walls around the City of David. In those times the Prophet Malachi brought a word from God to the people of His everlasting covenant love for His people; but in Malachi 1:2, we read how the people balked at returning God’s love, … forgetting how often God had saved them and provided for them so many times over the years.

We’re that way as disciples of Christ, aren’t we? … Something goes wrong, perhaps bringing turmoil or pain into our lives; and our trust in our Lord waxes or wanes. What we need is the kind of love Jesus asked of His Disciples in the Upper Room [see John 14:21] or the kind of trust/love sung about in the linked songs above.

For several days in a row now, I’ve been making reference to the same passages from God’s word in my journal (blog) entries; because the redundancy of truth in these verses teaches us to hold onto our trust in our Lord - NO MATTER what our circumstances may be dealing out in our lives. That’s my prayer for all of us here today.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … we do trust in You, Lord. Help us to trust and obey, because, as the old song says, “there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey!” 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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