Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017 … In The Blink of An Eye

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 142 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Avalon singing … He’s Everything To Me … poignantly singing of how our God, no matter how many different ways He describes Himself in God’s word, is truly EVERYTHING to me.

Highlight Verse[s]: Deuteronomy 32:10 [NKJV] … 
10 … He (God) kept them (His people) as the apple of his eye. 
… God is pictured as the eyelid, which protects the pupil of the eye.
Highlight Passage [context]: Deuteronomy 32:1-12 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… God has promised to protect His remnant of believers as the “Apple of His eye” (Hebrew for “pupil” of the eye)

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Isaiah 42:14 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… God compares Himself to a mother in labor.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Luke 6:46-49 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Jesus compares Himself to the rock on which believers would build their home.

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … John 10:1 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Jesus compares Himself to the door where the sheep are kept.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Amy Peterson, told of how a friend help her see different metaphors and word pictures in God’s word to describe how He watches over His people. The ODB author wrote: “God is like an eyelid,” [see photo] my friend Ryley said, and I blinked in surprise. What could she mean by that? 
“Tell me more,” I replied. … Ryley pointed me to Deuteronomy 32, where Moses praises the way God takes care of His people. Verse 10 says that God shields and protects His people, guarding them “as the apple of his eye.” But the word we translate apple, Ryley told me, literally means pupil. And what encircles and guards the pupil? … The eyelid, of course! God is like the eyelid, which instinctively protects the tender eye. 

Actually, any student of God’s word knows that God uses quite a few metaphors to picture various aspects of His character and the way He watches over His covenant people. A few of them can be found in the Scriptures linked above.

Our God does protect us like the eyelid protects the eye [in the highlight passage]. He is also the ROCK on which we build our lives [in Luke 6]. AND He is the door to Heaven [in John 10].

But the bottom-line reality which God is trying to convey to us with all the comparative word pictures is that He, as Avalon sings in the linked song, is our EVERYTHING!

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Yes Lord, You are my everything! … Amen

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