WORDDEVO: "The Weekly Word with Bob Coy" [11-17 thru 11-24] DEVOTIONALS

 

Seven Days of Devotion

  The Weekly Word is a Collection of Devotionals to be read on the Day Listed and presented freely as a service to and for the Body of Christ and Believers throughout the World that We may Hear God Speak to us as the Spirit of God gives us ears to hear and eyes to see what God would have for us daily in relationship to Him.

A TRANSCENDENT TIE

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me. -Psalm 27:10 (NKJV)

Relationships differ in their degree of reliability. Some relationships, just by virtue of what they are, are going to be more reliable than others.

For example, you're not going to depend on the cashier at the grocery store the same way you're going to rely on your life-long friend. Both people represent a relationship, but one is professional and passing, while the other is personal and enduring. You can rely more on your friend because...well, he or she is your friend.

But what happens when a relationship that's supposed to be reliable isn't? What happens when a person's relationship with his or her parents isn't what it should be? What happens when this relational "safety net of last resort" is removed? What happens when your own father and mother forsake you?

David has the answer. When the strongest natural bond between child and parent is broken, there's a supernatural tie that can never be severed. Even when one's own father and mother have fled or forsaken, God will still be there to care for those who belong to Him.

Our family tie to Him is transcendent and stronger than any relationship this world can ever produce. No matter how many people have turned their backs on us, our Heavenly Father is always there with arms wide open. That's a relationship we can rely on like no other. Our associates and acquaintances, our closest friends and family, even our own father and mother will never be as relationally reliable as the Lord...because He's the One who will be there when no one else is.

What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today? 

 

MONDAY

GOD IN 4 ACTS

Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; shepherd them also, and bear them up forever. -Psalm 28:9 (NKJV)

One of the great things about God's Word is that it's able to say so much with so little. Here in this single verse, we're introduced to four distinct roles God faithfully fulfills for His people.

First, we see God as our Savior: "Save Your people...." Where would we be if God didn't save His people? We'd be on a collision course with condemnation and eternal punishment, and rightfully so. If the Lord hadn't chosen to step in and save us from our sins, every point in life would be a moot one. But God, knowing and seeing our need for eternal life, did what it took to spare us and save us.

Next, God is shown to be our Blesser: "...and bless Your inheritance...." The Hebrew word here for bless conveys the idea of speaking peaceably towards someone. It means God's heart is always benevolent and beneficent toward us. He's on our side. He never curses or condemns us but instead blesses us and builds us up.

Third, we're introduced to God as our Feeder: "...shepherd them also...." In the Hebrew, the word for shepherd primarily refers to a shepherd's responsibility to feed his sheep. The Lord doesn't leave us to feed ourselves. He's always there, providing for us, making sure we're well fed and filled up with what we need.

Finally, we see Him as our Bearer: "... and bear them up forever." When we're feeling overwhelmed and overcome by the stresses of life, when we sense we're about to sink, God is there to lift us up and carry us. In fact, the word for bear can be rendered "to wear on one's shoulder." What place could ever be more secure than on God's shoulders?

What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today? 

   

TUESDAY

WOW!

The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. -Psalm 29:4 (NKJV)

Many of the Psalms are just an extended and eloquent way of saying "WOW!" Psalm 29 is one such Psalm. It looks at a particular aspect of this great God we serve-His voice-and leaves us in such a state of awe and amazement that the only real response we can exclaim is "Glory!" That's a biblical way of saying "Wow!"

An ear-splitting, heart-stopping thunderclap that rolls and reverberates from horizon to horizon...the unrelenting force of a hurricane that strips the very skin off of the proudest trees...an earthquake that shatters the strongest foundations of the world... they're all mere whispers of the might and majesty of God's voice.

Couple this with the reality that we're steeped in a society where so many people are struggling and striving to have their voices heard. Our eyes and ears are constantly being ambushed by talking heads, spin doctors, and flavor-of-the-month pundits who are fighting for market share when it comes to our attention. No expense is spared in getting us to listen to their opinions and to hopefully adopt them. There's no void of voices in our world today.

But the voice of the Lord drowns them all. The voice of the Lord is powerful and full of majesty. It rises above anything we could ever speak or say. It shakes the ground we walk on and splits the sky we live beneath. God's voice can't be censored or tamed any more than a volatile volcano in full-fury can be silenced. When God wants to be heard, He is, and the only reasonable response is "Glory!"

What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today? 

 

WEDNESDAY

TRIUNITY

Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness." Genesis 1:26 (NKJV)

Yesterday, we considered the oneness of God. We saw that the scriptures very clearly define Him as the one and only God. And yet, we don't get very far before we start to notice something unusual about Him. It first shows up in the verse above, as God identifies Himself with the plural pronouns us and our.

It happens again later on in Genesis 3:22 when He says man has become "like one of Us." And again it shows up in Genesis 11:7 as He says, "Let Us go down" to confuse man's language at the tower of Babel. Why does God, who is One, identify Himself this way?

Here's what we can determine based on what the rest of God's Word reveals to us: Although He is one and only one being, there are also three separate and distinct persons that simultaneously exist.

These persons are revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are distinct from each other and yet they aren't three separate gods. They are three yet one, and the term we use to capture this concept is triunity, meaning three and one.


Sounds pretty confusing...how can we buy into something so mind-bending? Although the triunity, or the Trinity, is a challenge to our finite minds, we know it to be absolutely true because Scripture says so. 


One of Jesus' final commands to His disciples on earth was to make disciples of all nations and to baptize them in the "name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19). Notice the singular form of the word "name," pointing to the oneness of God, and yet the three persons are clearly distinguished. We also have plenty of passages that identify each person of the Trinity as being God (John 1:1, Acts 5:3-5, Colossians 2:9).


So while we embrace the oneness of God, we also recognize the triunity of God as one of His essential attributes.

What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today?

 


THURSDAY

ETERNALITY

And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." Exodus 3:14 (NKJV)

Moses found himself in the uncomfortable position of being called on by God to do an impossible task. In his mind, there were a myriad of reasons why he wouldn't be able to deliver the Israelites from Pharaoh's vice-grip.


As Moses went back and forth with God, he eventually asked, "What if people ask me your name? What should I tell them?" God answered the question, and in so doing uncovers an amazing attribute about Himself. "I AM WHO I AM."


By identifying Himself as "I AM," God is declaring that He always is existent in the immediate now. He isn't bound or trapped by time like we are. There was never a time when God wasn't. He has no fixed point when He was born or brought into being. He has no beginning or end. He just...is.


We use the word eternality to describe this divine attribute. It reminds us that God is eternal and everlasting; a truth attested to by Abraham in Genesis 21:33, Moses in Deuteronomy 33:27, David in Psalm 41:13, Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:34, Paul in Romans 16:26, and John in Revelation 1:8. 

The eternality of God is also part of one of the most important prophecies in all the Bible. Micah 5:2 not only tells us that Jesus would be born in the unassuming town of Bethlehem, but it also states that He would be brought into this world "from everlasting," pointing to His eternal existence from eternity past. 
We're so governed by time that it's hard to imagine anything else, but what a comfort it is to know that the God who ultimately governs over us isn't.


Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17 NKJV)

What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today?

 

FRIDAY

 

OMNIPRESENCE

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? Psalms 139:7 (NKJV)

Have you been sucked into the phenomenon known as Google Maps yet? It really is remarkable. With just a few clicks, you can get a bird's eye view of just about anywhere in the world. Technologically, it's an amazing advance for mankind. But practically, it really can't do much else. You can look at another county, state, country,or continent, but it doesn't actually allow you to be there. You can only be in one place at one time, and as long as you're using Google Maps, that one place is sitting at your computer.


Now take a moment to mull this over: God is always everywhere. He is always present, or the term we frequently employ is omnipresent (omni meaning all). There's not a square inch on this planet (and there are 1.96 x 100,000,000,000,000,000 of them on land alone) where God is absent. But beyond that, there's not a single square inch in the entire universe (the number would fill out the rest of this page), where God isn't present.


God is absolutely everywhere, always, and He expresses His omnipresence quite poignantly in the Book of Jeremiah: Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?" says the LORD: "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:24 NKJV)


But God's omnipresence isn't just impressive, it's also comforting. One of the last things Jesus did for His followers before returning to heaven was to point them to His omnipresence by promising, "I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). No matter where we might be in this world, it's encouraging to know we're always in the midst of God's presence.

What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today?

SATURDAY

 

Who can say to Him, 'What are You doing?' Job 9:12 (NKJV)

God's sovereignty is closely linked with His omnipotence (see yesterday). But there's an important difference between the two. God's omnipotence speaks of His sheer ability, but sovereignty speaks of His authority to act upon that ability. Not only can He control everything, He actually does control everything.


For some, that's a scary thought. When they think of God being in absolute control over all things, they begin to sweat. They don't like it. They don't like Him being in control. They'd rather control things themselves, they'd rather be in authority and make the decisions. But that's only because they don't know Him.


Admittedly, God's sovereignty would be a scary thing if it stood all alone. But when it's combined with His other attributes-His holiness, His mercy, His love, His patience, His faithfulness, etc.-it becomes quite clear that there's nobody better suited to be in complete control.


There's no other hand we'd rather have on this world's wheel, and God's sovereignty is something that ought to bring joy instead of apprehension.


Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure....' (Isaiah 46:10 NKJV)

What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today?

THE WEEKLY WORD WITH BOB COY

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