Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017 ... Doing It His Way

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 84 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of lyrics from Sara Groves singing her song … I’ll Wait … poignantly singing of our need, as Christians, to wait on God to show us HIS way and will.

Highlight Verse[s]: 1st Chronicles 17:4, 23 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… David surrenders to God’s will … rather than going ahead and building the Temple on his own. 
Highlight Passage [context]: 1 Chronicles 17:1-4, 16-25 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK … David was not allowed to build God’s Temple because of his previous sins; but the promise was for Solomon, his son, to be the builder with David preparing the way.

Reference Passage #1 : … Deuteronomy 32:48-52 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God didn’t allow Moses to lead His people into the promised land because of Moses’ past sins; but Moses, in obedience, gladly turned that blessing over to Joshua.

Reference Passage #2 : … Luke 9:23 [NLT] … 
23 Then He said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow Me. … “ 
… Being a disciple of Christ means doing life HIS WAY, ... not our own way.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Poh Fang Chia, used a biblical example to illustrate our need to let God lead and do life His way, … not getting ahead of Him with our own free will. The ODB author wrote: David had drawn up the plans. He designed the furniture. He collected the materials. He made all the arrangements (see 1 Chron. 28:11–19). But the first temple built in Jerusalem is known as Solomon’s Temple, not David’s. For God had said, “You are not the one” (1 Chron. 17:4). 
God had chosen David’s son Solomon to build the temple. David’s response to this denial was exemplary. He focused on what God would do, instead of what he himself could not do (vv. 16–25). He maintained a thankful spirit. He did everything he could and rallied capable men to assist Solomon in building the temple (see 1 Chron. 22). 

David had free will, just like we do. But when it came time to build a Temple to God, rather than defaulting to his own desire to be the one to build the Temple, he surrendered to God’s will that Solomon, his son, be the one to build God’s house [see photo and highlight passages].

Similarly, when God’s people were to be led into the promised land, Moses, deferred to God’s will not to be the one to lead Gods’ people into the land God had promised. Instead, Moses yielded to God’s will to have Joshua lead God’s chosen [see Deut. 32 link above].

Often we Christians may feel that we have the ability and the direction to get something done for God and His Kingdom; but then we’re confronted with God saying, … “WAIT.” And rather than get ahead of God’s will, we must do what Sara Groves sings in the linked song above. We must wait on Him and do life His way. Need I write any more? If you’re as convicted by this truth as am I, … I think not!

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Lord, … I’ll wait on You. … Amen

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