2021.05.04 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, May 4, 2021 comes to us from Linda L. White of Illinois
2 Peter 1:3-8 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
The older I get, the more I try to maintain a healthy body by eating well and getting regular physical exercise. However, there are days when grabbing a fast-food meal is more appetizing and easier than cooking a healthy meal at home, and the thought of sitting on my sofa catching up on one of my favorite shows is more appealing than changing my clothes and driving to the path where I take my 40-minute after-dinner walk. I know that in the long run I will feel better and be happier with myself if I put in the extra effort, but it takes discipline to get those rewards.
The same can be said about my spiritual health. It takes discipline to make the extra effort to maintain a close relationship with God. There are so many distractions in our world, and sometimes it takes diligence to turn away from things like checking emails and social media and to settle into prayer and Bible reading. Today’s quoted scripture reminds us that God wants us to rejoice, pray, and give thanks. If we make the effort to set aside time to do this daily, our reward can be a healthy spiritual connection with God.
Prayer Focus: People who Walk for Exercise.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to quiet the distractions so that we can spend precious time with you. Amen.
Thought for the Day: I can improve my spiritual health by reading God’s word and praying daily.
— Linda L. White
I try to walk for exercise most days. I confess that it’s very easy for me to forget to use that time to pray and reflect on God’s grace in my life. Even though I know how important this practice can be, I often hurry just to get in the exercise and get back to my other responsibilities.
Linda L. White reminds me and all of us to take some sabbath time to be experience God’s grace, peace, and wisdom each and every day.