Devotionals by Pastor Rick McDaniel

 

GOD NEVER WASTES ANYTHING

I recently read about the record-breaking rain and snowfall in California. After a five-year drought they are finally seeing the rain many have prayed would come. Unfortunately, not single a single major reservoir has been built in nearly forty years. California has a half-century old master plan with dozens of new reservoirs to be built and yet none have been constructed. There is now nowhere to store all the runoff that could keep the state drought free for years to come.

More than 20 million acre-feet of water have already been released into the sea. When the snow packs melt even more water will be released and totally wasted. It is almost inconceivable that after suffering through one of the worst droughts in its history California is now completely unprepared to store this incredible blessing of record rain and snow. It is tragic to think all that precious water will now simply be wasted.

I couldn’t help but think of the scripture in Matthew 9:17 where Jesus said, “No one pours new wine into old wineskins. The wine would swell and burst the old skins. Then the new wine would be lost and the skins would be ruined. New wine must be put into new wineskins. Both the skins and the wine will then be safe.” The message of Jesus was simply that the new wine of the Gospel called for new wineskins to hold it. The Good News would bring abundant and eternal life to spiritually empty people who could then receive it.

Since Jesus spoke these words continuing to today the Gospel is being proclaimed and people who are seeking can receive forgiveness and eternal life. If anyone is open and will let go of previous ideas, traditions or beliefs they can receive Jesus. God will only bring something new into our lives if we are ready to receive it. As long as we hold onto old models, old behaviors and old structures God cannot pour in the new wine.

Many Christ followers get upset with God because they don’t believe they are receiving blessings like they should. But God will not pour a blessing into a vessel not big enough to hold it. God will not waste anything. He will not increase your influence if you are not ready to steward that influence. You must grow and change so God can pour into your life blessings that you can receive. You must develop in maturity so God can expand your influence. Expand your reservoir so God can pour in your blessings.

 

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Pastor Rick McDaniel gives a relevant and Biblical perspective on various life topics ranging from relationships to business, from marriages to health. Rick is known for presenting messages that have practical points which can be applied in everyday life. His inspirational style has motivated thousands of people to live more impacting lives.

About Pastor Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia.  The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through www.highimpactchurch.tv. McDaniel has earned three degrees including a masters degree from Boston College and an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of five books including his latest "5 Habits of Happy People." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents. Through his writing and speaking he has become an evangelical voice to the culture on faith matters.

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