2021.04.17 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, April 17, 2021 comes to us from Brayan Orellana of Texas
Matthew 6:25-34 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
“Grace and Comfort”
I remember the day in 2008 when my dad lost his company to bankruptcy. All I could hear was the frustration in my dad’s voice, but eight-year-old me didn’t really understand what was happening. I always wanted to be just like my dad, but I found myself lost and confused.
As days passed, my dad searched for a new job. Each day I would ask with hope in my voice, “Did you get the job?” But every time, the answer was no. As his search continued, I started to lose hope; I wondered why God was putting my family through these hardships. Through the weeks my dad would come back from an interview. When he noticed my hope fading, he told me, “Brayan, I know what we are going through is different and hard, but you need to know that God will always provide for us – somehow, some way.”
I learned that even when we struggle, God gives love, relief, and opportunities throughout life. I have had much and I have had little, but the amount of grace and comfort that God has provided for me has never changed.
In moments of loss or deprivation, it often feels difficult to experience God’s grace and comfort. Like Brayan Orellana, we often only perceive and understand God’s presence in any particular situation in retrospect. Sometimes when we remember specific events, we can begin to understand and experience God’s presence and grace.