Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 15, 2017 … Being Prepared

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 196 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Mercy Me singing their song … Dear Younger Me … poignantly singing reflections of a Christians as we learn to deal with our past and use it to allow us to live life for God’s glory.

Highlight Verse[s]: 1st Samuel 17:37 [NLT] … 
37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” … Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” 
… David had no fear of Goliath because of his days fighting off beasts as a shepherd. 
Highlight Passage [context]: 1st Samuel 17:8, 32-37, 48-50 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… David was prepared to fight Goliath because He had been prepared by God to fell the giant by his days of felling bears/lions as a shepherd.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Proverbs 3:5-6 [NLT]  ... USE THIS LINK
… Solomon learned from His father, David, about trusting God’s lead in life.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Romans 8:28 [NLT] … 
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are [the] called according to His purpose for them. 
… Through our youth, God works for our good to prepare us for later life.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Julie Schwab, used an interesting modern-day illustration to teach on God’s preparation of His children for future battles in life. The ODB author wrote: I worked at a fast-food restaurant for over two years in high school. Some aspects of the job were difficult. Customers verbalized their anger while I apologized for the unwanted slice of cheese on the sandwich I didn’t make. Soon after I left, I applied for a computer job at my university. The employers were more interested in my fast-food experience than my computer skills. They wanted to know that I knew how to deal with people. My experience in unpleasant circumstances prepared me for a better job! 

Young people dealing with complaining customers with a smile in the fast food industry [see photo] will prepare them for dealing with problem people later in life. King David had learned to deal with beasts as a young shepherd boy; so, when he was confronted with Goliath, his faith in God was well tested and he was ready to face the giant [see highlight passages]. And his son Solomon learned that lesson as he taught his boy (in Prov. 3:5-6) to trust in God’s lead in life … ALWAYS!

Even the Apostle Paul taught Christians that ALL THINGS we encounter in life were for our good in preparing us to live out our lives for God’s glory [see Romans 8:28]. Our question today is: … Do we believe these truths; and do we live life knowing that all that has come before has prepared us for what is not and what it is to come?

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … You have prepared me for all that I will deal with today! … Amen

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