God’s Word for Today: Pour.
Psalm 62:8. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
I have a tendency to critique stuff. Whether it is the rare excellent, frequent good, common so-so, more common not so good, or the often unmentionable, I have to categorize. One of the objects that fits into my critique factory is pouring containers. Whether it is a simple plastic pitcher, glass, fine china, thermos, jug, coffee pot, or even frying pan, I judge its effectiveness in being able to pour a liquid into a cup.
Through the years I have pretty much determined two things rule in the pouring apparatus level of efficiency, or rather proficiency. First, you get what you pay for. Many a coffee pot is a perfect example of this rule. If you go to your friendly store and purchase the cheapest automatic coffee pot you can find, that is what you will get. Even though it might have all the features you desire in automatic timer settings and auto shut off of the hot plate (a must for me), you will get a glass pot that pours its contents pretty well right behind the cup you are trying to pour into. Surely you have experienced my reference. You aim perfectly at the cup. You may even rest the lip right on the cup. But, as soon as you start to pour, at least half the contents want to flow toward the base of the pot instead of out of the lip. Soon, a rather large puddle is forming within inches of your cup. Yes, the cup is catching some of the coffee, but most is going on the countertop. What a mess. What a way to start one’s day.
Or, sometimes in your rush to the next sporting event, you purchased a thermos of plastic to hold your favorite cold beverage, and in theory, keep the beverage cold. But, in your rush to proceed and your madness not to break the bank, you buy a knock off of one of the more reputable brands. Soon you find, the lid is a lifetime challenge to get to seal properly. And the spout, a direct cousin to the cheap coffee pot. You pour, the liquid forms 2 streams. One into the glass, the other right onto your brand new Nikes. Maybe the better plan would have been to spend more on the thermos and less on the shoes??
The second thing you find in our break down of pouring liquids out of any object, is rate of pour has a direct correlation with rate of mess you will make. Take your time, stay calm, keep amounts down to a minimum, all is well. Get in a hurry, then time saved pouring, becomes time spent cleaning, up the mess.
I could go on all day about the ups and downs of proper pouring apparatuses and their use, but maybe we should pour out the jest of today’s word.
Your walk with God is exactly like your coffee pot or your thermos or your pan not even made to pour anything, but you are going to try anyway. Your relationship. Your answers from. Your joy and blessings. All of these are in direct correlation to what you invest.
If you want God to pour His abundant blessings on your life, maybe you need to invest a little more of your time into Him. Don’t simply get by with an occasional thought, or hurried prayer to cover your bases and expect His goodness to come pouring out to you perfectly.
I am not talking about God’s Grace. Jesus bought and paid for that with His life. He made that purchase for you. It was the ultimate gift no amount of money will ever touch. That Grace is always available, always perfect. I am talking about your life, every day. The more you put into your relationship with God, the more that will be poured out to you perfectly.
Today would be a good day to start investing a little more time in the Word. Take a moment and flat out pray. Start making deposits into your God account. Realize the messes you have made pouring everything you have from your discount container of this world. Instead of asking God to help you clean up the mess you made, ask God to help you pour. Turn to God to help you become a quality coffee pot or thermos. One that will pour His love out to others so they may in turn want to be the best too………………
Prayer: Dear God, sometimes I can really make a mess. Forgive me for taking the cheap and simple road. Help me to invest more of my time, more of my thoughts, and just plain more of me, into you, Lord. I really want to pour more perfectly. I am tired of the continual spills I seem to be creating. With you God, I know what I invest, I will receive back multiplied. In Jesus’, who paid for the perfect pouring of life, name I pray. Amen.