Christianity 201

September 4, 2022

“Who Am I, Lord, That You Have Brought Me This Far?”

Filed under: Christianity - Devotions — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:32 pm
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Last night Saddleback Church honored Rick Warren and Kay Warren after 43 years of ministry. While the service could have easily been about giving credit to a person, but Rick turned it around and offered a number of scriptures where he used the Biblical writers to provide words for all that he was feeling. He said, “I’m not gonna preach, but I cannot stand to stand before you without giving you the Word of God.”

To his staff and congregation he said these words. :

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. – Hebrews 6:10 NIV

Because we remember your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, – 1 Thess 1:3 LEB

I thank my God for you every time I think of you; and every time I pray for you all, I pray with joy 5 because of the way in which you have helped me in the work of the gospel from the very first day until now. And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus. – Phil 1:3-6 TEV

It took me a few copy/pastes of these verses to realize that Rick was using the TEV (aka Good News Translation).

After a musical presentation, Rick returned to share the passage I really wanted to share with readers here, and from which the title of today’s devotional is formed. We’ll give the final word today to King David; take time as you read:

TEV.1-Chronicles.17.16 Then King David went into the Tent of the Lord‘s presence, sat down, and prayed, “I am not worthy of what you have already done for me, Lord God, nor is my family. 17 Yet now you are doing even more; you have made promises about my descendants in the years to come, and you, Lord God, are already treating me like someone great.[a] 18 What more can I say to you! You know me well, and yet you honor me, your servant. 19 It was your will and purpose to do this for me and to show me my future greatness.

20 Lord, there is none like you; we have always known that you alone are God. 21 There is no other nation on earth like Israel, whom you rescued from slavery to make them your own people. The great and wonderful things you did for them spread your fame throughout the world. You rescued your people from Egypt and drove out other nations as your people advanced. 22 You have made Israel your own people forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.

23 “And now, O Lord, fulfill for all time the promise you made about me and my descendants, and do what you said you would. 24 Your fame will be great, and people will forever say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel.’ And you will preserve my dynasty for all time. 25 I have the courage to pray this prayer to you, my God, because you have revealed all this to me, your servant, and have told me that you will make my descendants kings. 26 You, Lord, are God, and you have made this wonderful promise to me. 27 I ask you to bless my descendants so that they will continue to enjoy your favor. You, Lord, have blessed them, and your blessing will rest on them forever.”

 

 

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