Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 17, 2012

Soaring

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Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

At the beach I enjoy watching the seagulls. They fly up from the land with great effort then catch an air current and soar. Soaring in the air currents saves energy and makes their trip much easier. God sent us an “air current” that cane to help us soar. It is His Holy Spirit. Years ago I wrote and published a song about soaring.

When you are downcast and tired and weary
When you’re alone and confusion reigns
Stand with your hands lifted up unto heaven
Sing songs of praises to God, most high.

CHORUS
Then you’ll be soaring on the wind of God’s Spirit
Soaring on to new heights above
Soaring with Christ Jesus my Savior
Soaring in His love.

When those around you are hurting and crying
When you thing pain victorious will be
Lift your voice loudly in praises to Zion
Sing songs of praises to God, most High

CHORUS

When you are up in the mountains so glorious
When you are down in the valley so low
Lift your voice loudly in praises to Zion
Sing songs of praises to God, most High.

CHORUS

When we recognize God is in control of our lives and allows what touches us, there is no reason to be down or discouraged. The question is are we willing to turn our moanings and complaints into praises to God?

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May 6, 2012

Strength

Psalms 73:25-26 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart l may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When we find ourselves weary, tired, and discouraged or we think we’re failing it means we are looking to ourselves as our source of strength, power, wisdom and accomplishment. When my body gets tired I remember what Corrie Ten Boon said to our friend and neighbor Jamie Buckingham. He had just picked her up from the airport after she flew from California to Florida. When they arrive at his house – a 2-hour drive from the airport – she admitted she was tired and went upstairs to rest while Jamie and his wife made some coffee. Before the coffee was ready Corrie came back downstairs. Jamie asked, “I thought you were tired and were going to take a rest?” Corrie responded, “When you rest in the Lord it doesn’t take long.” What beautiful wisdom. When life gets us or our bodies down we need to look to God and rest in Him. There is no one or nothing else that can supply us with whatever we need. In and of ourselves we have no strength but through God we can do all things. Our question is where are we looking?

May 1, 2012

Accidents

Haggai 1:5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

To get into our nearest town we must turn from a gravel road onto a highway where the cars are going 70 MPH or greater. Last week there were two major accidents just down the road from us. One of them left us sitting in stopped traffic for over and hour with frozen food in our car. These accidents were both caused by people not being careful. They were distracted when driving and though looking they did not see. We tend to go through our days like that many times. We don’t see things God would show us and we don’t hear things He would tell us. We are distracted by our own thoughts and plans. We have determined our schedule for the day and don’t want any interruptions. God tells us to give careful thought to our ways. He tells us to guard our hearts and minds. He tells us to stay our minds on Him. We learn to do this by practicing. Weight lifters don’t start by lifting several hundred pounds. They start with small weights and gradually build up. They call this “working out.” We are to “work out” God’s instructions to us through study and meditation. We cannot expect to know what He wants if we don’t learn to hear Him. Hearing God and living out His purpose in our lives takes practice and time. Let us not be discouraged as we learn to see and listen. With practice we can become clearer in our vision and hearing. Our question is who our what do we want to direct our lives? Our choices are: our infallible shortsightedness or God Who is all knowledgeable and all seeing.

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