PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jul
28

Thirst for God

Marcus Sanders

Scripture
Isa. 55:1 "Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Observation
The things of God are free. Salvation is a gift from God. The gifts of the Spirit, healing, miracles and wisdom are gifts from God that cannot be purchased. Even positions of leadership are ordained by God and are his gifts to this world. But some think they can buy authority, positions, and popularity aside from the gifts of God. In the natural thinking security can also be bought for a price. We can be in control of our blessing and the more money we have, the better our lives will be. But Isaiah says that finances are not ends to itself. Thirsting for God is ultimate desire to receiving His gifts; this is the means to the end. He levels the ground for all. Money has no meaning to Him. He offers his provisions at no cost; they are indeed free.
Application
When I was just a kid, my mom would take us to Ala Moana Shopping Center for the big clearance sales. The retailers had the entire clearance items place on square tables, piled high with a big red tag saying clearance. Before the store opened, people crowded outside, looking through the window for what they should grab 1st. Once the door was unlock people rushed and grabbed, sometimes pulling the same thing and fighting over it. I saw it first… that’s mine… It looked like the items they were grabbing were free to all. If you grabbed it, it’s yours free.

Where is my thirst at this present moment? I do thirst for God and desire to be in His will. But sometimes my thirst appetite is small. When I got laid off several years ago from a government contract job, I knew God had a greater plan in my life. God was leading me in a season to go back to Bible College. But with the pressure of Un-employment, I started to shift. The questions in my mind were, why couldn’t the church increase my salary from a part time to full time position? I was serving as the Worship Pastor, in a church 2,000 people. Should I get another part time job, or should I be a volunteer in the church and work full time outside? Where are my open doors and what doors are closed?

A good thirsting for God is in order. I believe God wants me to thirst more for Him than for me trying to figure out my options for life. It’s not an easy feeling not knowing what to do. The clock is ticking, un-employment is running out, and the church wants more from me than a part time position. The answer for me was to come back to thirsting for God.
Prayer
Life is crazing at times. I can be like a clearance sale where people push, grab, and fight for the items they want. Father the right thing to do is in midst of grabbing and pushing is to thirst for You. I do want more of Your Holy Spirit in my life.

Devotions for July 28

Isaiah 53,54,55,56
2 Peter 2

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