Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

F.R.O.G

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

23rd November 2014

‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

Are you a frog?

Before you think I’m asking if you are a cold-blooded amphibian, the acronym F.R.O.G. is often used in children’s ministry to mean: Fully Rely On God.

When I went to Sunday School the above verses from Proverbs were ones that were drummed into me and convey the same sentiment. To ‘trust in the LORD with all your heart’ is to ‘fully rely on God’.

These verses, of course, are not just for Sunday School or to be learnt in a children’s ministry activity and then forgotten; they are ones that we should carry with us throughout our adult life for they are packed with meaning.

The opening of verse 5 strikes at the root of all sin: Independence! This is what caused Adam and Eve to fall; they wanted to decide what was right and wrong, good and evil, for themselves, independent of God. Mankind has been doing the same ever since.

But our own understanding is insufficient, frequently skewed and unreliable.

The only right path for us to walk is to trust in the Lord. This has to be our commitment for the whole of our life and for everything that we undertake.

Our motivation in life has to be to trust in the Lord ‘with all our heart’.

To be able to trust in the Lord in this way so that you fully rely on Him, means reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word and allowing that Word to take root in your heart: Learning to think God’s thoughts, developing the mind of Christ, so that you don’t lean on your own understanding.

When we do that we begin to see circumstances, events and all our life from God’s perspective rather than our own.

The opening of verse 6, “in all your ways acknowledge him”, demands of us more than mere acknowledgement that God exists.

It means we must so acknowledge him that his ways, teaching and character shape our choices and direct every aspect of our lives.

In the NIV it says, ‘in all your ways submit to him’, in the Living Bible it says, ‘In everything you do, put God first’.

The alternative is to disown God and go it alone; but the result of fully relying on God is a straight course, directed by God himself.

So are you a F.R.O.G.?

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Prayer

Father, help me not to try and figure out everything on my own but to trust you from the bottom of my heart. As I listen for your word in everything I do and everywhere I go I know you will keep me on track.
Amen.

Have a good week being a F.R.O.G.

Pastor Barry

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