Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016: Seeing God’s Glory

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 264  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Gordon Mote singing … Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory, poignantly praying for God to show Himself even to him - a blind man.

Highlight Passage: Luke 24:27 [NKJV] …  
27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. 
… Jesus shows that His word allows us to see Him and life through His eyes.
Highlight Context … Luke 24:13-32 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus helps two disciples see the world His way.

Reference Passage #1 … Isaiah 55:11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God shows us His vision on Himself and the world through His word.

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.” 
… And the best place to learn/live His commandments is in/thru His word.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Mart DeHaan, uses an artful illustration to teach on doing all we can to see life through God’s eyes, rather than our own. He wrote: In the 1880s French artist Georges Seurat introduced an art form known as pointillism. As the name suggests, Seurat used small dots of color, rather than brush strokes of blended pigments, to create an artistic image [see example in attached photo]
Up close, his work looks like groupings of individual dots. Yet as the observer steps back, the human eye blends the dots into brightly colored portraits or landscapes. The big picture of the Bible is similar. Up close, its complexity can leave us with the impression of dots on a canvas. As we read it, we might feel like Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus. They couldn’t understand the tragic “dotlike” events of the Passover weekend. 

In today's highlight Scripture, those two down-hearted disciples whom Jesus chose to walk with on their trek to Emmaus, were almost blinded to the truth of Whom Jesus was because of their own short-sightedness. But finally, Jesus opened their eyes to His glory when they recognized Him through His proclamation of God’s truth. 

And that’s what we, as disciples of Christ, must recognize. All too often we get blinded to the big-picture of Whom we serve and follow because we can’t see His glory because of our own human short-sightedness. And that’s why it’s so important to use God’s word to see Him and to be able perceive God’s glory; … yes, even in the growing darkness of this world.

In the song linked above, Gordon Mote, who is blind, pleas to God to let him not miss the glory and grace God has for us as we encounter life and can often see only what’s in front of us.    And that’s another reason why you find me here everyday, allowing God’s vision - from His word - to permeate the way I see life. I see my God - and the world - so much clearer through His word.

Today’s Prayer: Lord, PLEASE don’t let me miss seeing Your glory because of my near-sightedness. Amen  

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