Tuesday, March 07, 2017

March 7, 2017 ... Surrender to a Great God

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 66 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of one my favorite versions of an old hymn sung by Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill … How Great Thou Art … poignantly singing and playing a great poetic modern psalm about the greatness of our God. … Folks; … HE IS SO GREAT!!! … And WE ARE NOT!

Highlight Verse[s]: Job 38:11 [NLT] … 
11 I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come. … Here your proud waves must stop! 
… The waves of pride stop where our humanity ends and God’s deity remains.
Highlight Passage [context]: Job 38:1-18 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God confronts Job with His greatness; and Job is broken by the truth.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Proverbs 3:5-6 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Solomon documents, for God, where our pride must stop and our trust in God’s greatness takes over; and that word is SURRENDER!!

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … 2nd Corinthians 12:9 [NLT] … 
9 Each time He [Jesus] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 
… Pride gets us no where! .. Humility brings God’s grace to cover our weakness.

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … 1st Peter 5::5-6 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Peter quotes Solomon that our pride thwarts God’s greatness working in our lives.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, a new writer, Sheridan Voysney , used an historical story to illustrate our human challenge to set aside our pride and let the greatness of God’s strength cover our weakness The ODB author wrote: King Canute was one of the most powerful men on earth in the eleventh century. In a now-famous tale, it is said that he ordered his chair to be placed on the shore as the tide was rising. “You are subject to me,” he said to the sea. “I command you, therefore, not to rise on to my land, nor to wet the clothing or limbs of your master.” But the tide continued to rise, drenching the king’s feet. 
This story is often told to draw attention to Canute’s pride. Actually, it’s a story about humility. “Let all the world know that the power of kings is empty,” Canute says next, “save Him by whose will heaven, earth and sea obey.” Canute’s story makes a point: God is the only all-powerful One.

When do we get it, my dear ones? … GOD is GOD; and we are not!!

 It took a long time for Job to get that message (see highlight passage above). Solomon knew it (see Prov. 3:5-6); but he lost it for awhile, … coming back to write of the vanity of self indulgence in Ecclesiastes. And finally, Jesus had to die on a cross for His disciples to surrender their all to His Spirit.

But I’m afraid too many of us play the King Canute role in our lives [see photo], don’t we? We let our pride get in the way of our humble surrender to the greatness of a God, Who deeply cares for us, … enough that He sent His Son to die for us. And enough that He will pour His grace of enlightenment, enablement, and empowerment into the saved hearts of true believers who’re willing to humble ourselves before His greatness.

Who is willing to sing along with the incredible version of the song linked today, declaring, … ”How great thou art!!” Who will join me it surrendering our all to our Lord today?

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Lord, I give up!! … 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.

No comments: