Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 1, 2013

Storms

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Mark 4:39. So he got up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Be quiet! Calm down!” Then the wind stopped, and it was dead calm.

So often when we face the storms of life we become fearful or stressed out like the disciples in the boat.    They forgot the could trust Jesus regardless of the circumstances they faced.  We are never alone.  Jesus promised he would never leave us. We may not be able to see Him  but He is in our boat called life.  He knows our storms.  Instead of fearing or stressing we need to trust Him.  In the book of James we are told if we ask God for wisdom He will give it to us.  God doesn’t want to live our lives for us, He wants us to live through and for Him be it in storms or pleasant bliss.  Our question is when storms come will we look to God and trust Him or kick and complain?  Let us choose to “be quiet and calm down” trusting, listening and obeying God through whatever comes into our lives.

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November 3, 2012

Refuge

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Psalms 59:9. You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! 
For God is my refuge. 

We tend to see our homes as a refuge.  Some see their place of work as a refuge.  When storms of nature comes and loss to our homes or places of work occur, if these are our refuge we become fearful and distressed.  God says our refuge is in Him.  He is the only One Who never changes and never leaves.  When we look to Him as our refuge we look to constant love and peace.  We have the promise of eternity with Him.   We have the promise He will never leave us.  We have the promise He will give us wisdom if we ask for it.  Losing things we own on this earth are temporary  With time all things can be replaced.  Our love in God, our refuge in the One Who loves us and is in control of all around us is always with us.  Why do we have to walk through the storms of this earth?  Losing material things show us where our hearts are?  Losing material things show us where we put our hope and our love.  Our question is do we love God for His material blessings or do we love God  because He loves us and gave His Son for us so we could have the blessings of the love of a Father for His child and a child for the Father?  Let us be thankful for God and contented with whatever He allows to come our way   Let us continue to pray for those walking through material loss that they will seek and find the love of God in their lives as they rebuild their material possessions.

July 17, 2012

In The Dark

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Job 23:1-3, 17 Then Job replied: Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of 50 my groaning. If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Sometimes we feel we’re praying in the dark. We feel we are just talking to a brick wall and our prayers are coming right back to us. We feel God has closed and gone away. Many before us and many around us have experienced praying in the dark where they could not see, feel or hear God. It was dark in the whale for Johah and dark in the lion’s din for Daniel yet they looked to God in spite of the circumstances around them. It is in our dark times we grow. We are in the dark while our characteristics are being formed and developed in our mothers. We put seeds in the ground in the dark to develop their roots. It is in our dark times God uses to water and fertilize our faith and growth in Him. What should we do in the dark? We should embrace it as embracing God, trusting and turning ourselves over to Him to learn and grow in His way. We should continue praying, not woe is me but show me what to learn here and use it to bring glory to You, my God. We cannot understand why dark things happen but God says it “rains on the just and the unjust.” We will have diseases, fires, storms, floods and many other forms of trials and tribulations but our attitude and faith can turn them into the closest times with our God as He nurtures and brings us even closer to Him. Our question is when we are in darkness will we continue to trust Who we temporarily cannot see, hear or feel? We have the choice to quiet the voices of fear and doubt and walk in the peace of the assurance that God said He is always with us and always has our best in His hand and grow in Him. God is always there in the darkness. Will we choose to let Him be with us over the circumstances? I pray your answer is yes.

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