Thursday, April 07, 2016

April 7, 2016: Which Way Is Best?

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 98

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of the group Hillsong singing, There Is None Like You,… declaring the greatness of Our Lord and USING THIS LINK  to hear Don Moen singing, God Will Make A Way declaring that God’s way, His roadway in the wilderness, is always the best way for His chosen to follow Him.

Highlight Passage:  1st Chronicles 17:16, 20 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK ... 
    … David yields to God’s ways in humility and gratefulness.
Highlight Context – 1st Chronicles 17:1-22 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… David had plans; but God had other plans; and so, David yielded to God’s way.

Reference Passage #1 - Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… He shows us His way when we trust Him.

Reference Passage #2 - Habakkuk 3:17-19 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God’s Prophet declares that The Lord’s ways are always the best ways.

Reference Passage #3 - Romans 8:28 [NKJV] …   28 ALL THINGS work together for god for those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purposes. 
 … Paul declares that, God’s ways will always be the good way for all Christians. 

Reference Passage #4 - Philippians 4: 11-13 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK    
… Paul declares that, no matter where he is or what his circumstances, his contentment comes from his Lord, … King Jesus. 

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Jennifer Benson Schuldt, used a personal story to illustrate her teaching. She wrote: When my husband was 18 years old, he started a car-cleaning business. He rented a garage, hired helpers, and created advertising brochures. The business prospered. His intention was to sell it and use the proceeds to pay for college, so he was thrilled when a buyer expressed interest. After some negotiations, it seemed that the transaction would happen. But at the last minute, the deal collapsed. It wouldn’t be until several months later that his plan to sell the business would succeed. … It’s normal to be disappointed when God’s timing and design for our lives do not match our expectations. 

The ODB author today went on to use the story of King David, being disappointed when he was not allowed to build a Temple for His Lord even though He had all the right motives and skills. Yet even in his disappointment, he yielded to God’s ways as the best for him and God’s chosen (see the highlight passage linked above).

Habakkuk, God’s Prophet in times of turmoil in 7th century Judah, had to learn that God’s ways are always the best ways; and he wrote a song to honor the ways of God (see Habakkuk 3:17-19). And the Apostle Paul wrote to his fellow Christians that we must learn to be content with God’s ways, no matter what they might be (see Romans 8:28 and Philippians 4:11-13).

So … QUESTION: … Are we going to do our best to seek and follow God’s way today or try to go it on our own? ... No brainer, … right?

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Your way, Lord … is my way. … Shine Your light brightly on my path; and I’ll be right behind You. Amen

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