2021.04.19 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, April 19, 2021 comes to us from Jeanie Jacobson of Nebraska
Deuteronomy 31:1-8 1 Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: 2 “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The LORD has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’ 3 The LORD your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the LORD said. 4 And the LORD will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land. 5 The LORD will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” 7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Psalm 25:4 (NIV) Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
At the sound of screeching tires, we checked the rearview mirror and saw our 90-year-old uncle making a U-turn on a crowded Milwaukee street. He continued to tail our car despite the congested traffic, and he used hand gestures to tell us where to go. Ten minutes earlier, my sister Marianne and I had waved goodbye after a visit with him and our aunt. Our uncle had given us directions around the construction, but the city was unfamiliar to us and we had forgotten his instructions. We were shocked to find he was following us to ensure we made it safely past the roadblocks!
His actions reminded me of the way God never abandons us. God stays with us and guides us on right paths. We may encounter roadblocks like marital difficulties, money problems, or addictions, but God provides guidance to help us navigate even the bumpiest of circumstances.
Praying, applying scripture to our situations, and praising God before we see results are like making a U-turn. They make space for God to move our lives in the direction God desires for us.
Prayer Focus: Construction Workers
Prayer: Precious Lord, thank you for giving us new opportunities and fresh starts. Help us to follow your paths instead of our own. Amen.
Thought for the Day: Following God’s guidance can turn my life around.
I know that it can be difficult to find and follow God’s path for our lives, but it seems important to pay attention and understand that God’s love for us will guide us in ways that lead to service for God’s world and peace of soul for ourselves.