Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 11, 2012

Binoculars

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:30 am
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Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Yesterday we thought about the rear view mirror – looking back behind us to what is already past. Many of us have even more trouble trying to live in the future. We can’t wait until something happens or something changes. Maybe it’s we are nervous, concerned or afraid of what might be. We try to use binoculars to see what might be ahead for us. Jesus has a very simple answer for that. He said not to worry about what is not yet. We have enough trouble living the day we are in without borrowing from a day that is yet to come. It’s important to read the verses before this verse. Jesus is telling us how to live this way – without concern for the past in the rear view mirror or the future in the binoculars. He tells us we are to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness. That word “seek” is in the present tense. This is what we are to be about – seeking Him in the here and now. We are not to wait until tomorrow to seek Him. We might not have a tomorrow. We are not to sit on the fact we sought Him yesterday. Yesterday is over. We are to actively seek Him today. This is a continual seeking. Our question is are we seeking Him each today we have? How do we seek our God? We seek Him through Bible study, meditation on His Word, and prayer – both active and listening prayer. Let us not get too concerned about what was or what might be and continually seek our God. That leads to a full and abundant life in the present.

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January 31, 2012

Intervention

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:17 am
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1Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (he Holy Bible, New International Version)

Sometimes this verse is hard to believe. We may know in our mind God puts no more on us than we can bear and that everything must first pass through His hand but sometimes it doesn’t appear so. We know God has the power to intervene in all things but sometimes it appears He does not. Sometimes it is because we fail to see His intervention. Sometimes it is because we refuse His intervention. God has chosen not to force man to respond to Him. We may go through life not understanding why many things happen to our loved ones or us. At those times we must choose to trust God. He is faithful and all knowing. We only know the present and the past and that knowledge is filtered by our emotions lack of complete information and/or vision. God knows all past, present and future and has complete information and perfect vision. Next time we face a trial let us remember all is not always as it seems and God is faithful to move us through any trial or temptation we might face if we will only look for Him.

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