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November 9 – Praise and Gratitude Day 9

In November, we are spending 30 days in praise and gratitude of our Almighty God as we prepare ourselves for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. This reading plan comes from Sarah Ann at the Proverbs 31 Mentor blog (https://proverbs31mentor.com/).

You can join us in this study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Feel free to share your SOAP in the comments too! Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you.

I am thankful for God’s character — Perfect

Scripture:

Deuteronomy 32:4 – He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
Psalm 92:15 – …proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Matthew 19:17 – “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
James 1:13 – When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone…

SOAP Note

The Rock of Perfection | Kathy Page

Scripture

Deuteronomy 32:4

Observation

Moses was not only a great prophet but also a song leader.  After three sermons, he changed the form of his message to singing.  This chapter is called, The Song of Moses.  Moses realized that sometimes saying something in a different form makes it easier to remember.  This song shows us the true completeness, the perfection of God, our Father.

Our God is a God of truth.  He is the Rock, the Immovable Foundation of this way of life.  The Hebrew word for “Rock” indicates firmness, stability, and faithfulness.  God is impervious to change.  He and He alone provides firm footing in a way of life.  He is a faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.  His knowledge is perfect.  His way is perfect and His Word is flawless.   It is a reflection of His nature and character.

This psalm reminds the people of Israel and us of their past mistakes, warns them to not make the same ones, and offers the hope that comes only in trusting a perfect God, The Rock of Perfection – immovable, firm and stable.

Application

But what about us?  Perfect?  God tells us in His Word, “be ye therefore perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matt 5:48).  But how do we do this?  We can’t.  In our sad state, we are placed beside God’s perfect standard and found unable to conform to it.  BUT God in His perfect wisdom, knowledge and love made a way for us.   He knew man could never live up to His standards.  He sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior to live that perfect life for us.  God transferred Jesus’ righteousness to anyone who believes on Him.  And now we are not what we were before; we have a new profile-we match the standard of God through Jesus!  A perfect love from a perfect God; the Rock of Perfection.

Prayer

Father, I trust in You who are  perfect in all your ways.  I know You have a perfect plan for me.  I know You are faithful to equip, strengthen and guide me to achieve all that You have for me.  I steadfastly abide in You.  I know You will faithfully see me through every moment and You will fulfill Your complete and perfect will for me.  I love You.

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