Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 4, 2013

Asking

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Matthew 20:22. Jesus answered, “You dont know what you are asking!  Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?”  They said to him, “We are able.” 

The disciples had no idea what would happen if they got what they were asking for.  They said they could handle it but they couldn’t.  Before we judge them too harshly we must look at our own track record.  I know I’ve prayed for things that, if they had come about, it would have created problems.  Sometimes God allows us to have what we ask for to teach us.  I learned to pray very specifically through such an incident.  I was to meet a well digger on our new property.  We held hands at our breakfast table and prayed, “God give us a lot of water.”  That is all we asked.  A good supply of water was reached at 55 feet.  I returned to the rental house and, as I opened the door I heard what sounded like our aquarium but that was in storage.  When I stepped through the door I was ankle-deep in water.  The water heater bottom had rusted out and no one was there to turn off the water.  We did not specify where we wanted the abundance of water so God gave it to us.  He is the One Who created humor and we had to laugh as we realized what He was teaching us.  Our question is, when we pray, do we ask God to guide our requests or just barge through?

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November 7, 2012

Thirsty

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Psalms 42:1-2. As a deer a longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God! I thirst for God, for the living God.  

Have you ever been so thirsty for water that you would do anything to get some?  When we’re that thirsty we find it hard to talk.  Our mouths are dry and without saliva.  We find it hard to think about anything other than the water we desire and so desperately need.  This is how the Psalmist felt about God.  He knew He could not survive without God.  He knew God was at least as much-needed as water if not more so.  That is one reason God has given us the tool of prayer.  It is a tool through which we actively reach out to Him.  It is a tool which opens our hearts and minds and eyes to hear, feel and see Him.  We don’t see the water after we take it into our selves but we do feel the benefits of it; we do see how it hydrates our skin; we do experience how it returns saliva to our mouthes and enables us to talk.  Our question is how dry must we become before we seek our God, the living God, the creator of all that is or will every be?  Prayer is not so much for asking for things we think we need.  Prayer is for fellowship with God, for having a 2-way conversation with Him by seeking Him and allowing ourselves to experience Him throughout our being.  He already knows our needs and has promised to give us all we need.  We need to realize our biggest need is fellowship with the One Who made us.  This fellowship is only possible through His Son, Jesus Christ, Who willingly left His Father and came to earth to show us God’s love and desire to fellowship with us and then died on the cross to restore that fellowship.  Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness (Jesus) and all else will be given to us.  Will we seek Him first?  Do we desire Him above all else?

October 29, 2012

Water

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John 7:37-38 On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, ʻFrom within him will flow rivers of living water.ʼ”

My first two years in college were in a town where they purified their water with sulfur.  The smell was not very present nor was the taste.  I managed to go for several weeks without drinking.  Then, suddenly, I realized I was very thirsty.  I gulped down the water.  We are sometimes that way with drinking of the living water of God’s Holy Spirit.  He is in us but we choose or forget to drink of Him.  When we become very thirsty we sometimes look too the wrong places for our water; we tend to look at the enticements of the world around us thinking these will satisfy our thirst.  When God created us He put in us a thirst to fellowship with Him. Nothing else can fill that place no matter how hard or in how many ways we try to fill it.  Our question is will we choose to drink of Him through prayer, meditation, Bible study, gathering with other believers and sharing His love with others?  All these things help us to drink of His water and as we drink His water lives in us and spills over to others.  Let us drink.

September 5, 2012

Same Water

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Proverbs 3:1 My child, a do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep b my commandments,

Our 6 year old granddaughter was bugging her mother. She had learned how to swim without a life jacket or water wings and wanted to show her grandparents.  At their house they have a round, above ground pool.  It only takes a few strokes to reach a side from any position.  When she saw our long, big pool she was so excited she jumped in and started swimming the length.  Anout half way she became aware it was a different pool and started to panic a little.  We encouraged her and she relaxed in the familiar water and made it to the end.  She soon realized though the pool was different the water was the same.  We are very much that way on our walk in this life.  God takes us through a variety of different circumstances.  If we just look at the circumstances we can easily become overwhelmed.  But the water we’re emmersed in – God’s Holy Spirit – is the same no matter where we are or what we have to face.  As long as we stay in His water (His Holy Spirit) the size or shape of the “pool” doesn’t matter.  He is always with us and tells us we never need be afraid.  Our question is do we seek to stay emmersed in His Holy Spirit every day, every where and trust Him or do we keep our eyes on varying circumstances and go it alone?  

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