2021.05.29 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, May 29, 2021 comes to us from J. Joel Sobalvarro Nieto of Francisco Morazan, Honduras
Matthew 25:31-40 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
1 Kings 17:6 (NIV) The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
“Ravens and Angels”
I find Elijah to be one of the most interesting figures in the Bible. He suffered loneliness, persecution, humiliation, and hunger in grim desert places. But God never abandoned him. God heard Elijah’s pleas, saw his tears, and sent ravens and angels to provide for his needs.
I can relate to Elijah’s story. Recently, I was accepted into the doctoral program at a school of theology in Colombia. The school provided a scholarship for half of my tuition. The challenge for me was to pay the remaining half as well as housing and food costs.
God, with unfailing grace, sent “ravens and angels,” warm and gentle people, to provide meals for me. Just as people provide such care for us, we are called to be “ravens” for others. Without a doubt, wherever we are, God counts on us to live out an authentic expression of our faith to help supply the needs of God’s people.
Prayer Focus: Community Food Banks
Prayer: Merciful God, raise our awareness of those who do not have daily bread. Multiply our efforts to help as much as we can, wherever we can, whenever we can, as we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.
Thought for the Day: I will help another person today as God has helped me.
— J. Joel Sobalvarro Nieto
This devotional offering is another story about God working through us to be God’s presence in the lives of those who are in need of help.
The verses of Matthew 25 are a constant reminder of God’s ever-present grace for everyone, and of God’s expected response to that grace, which is sharing what we have with those who are in need.
As always, we are reminded of Pastor Anthony’s important benediction. Each of us is a Blessing from God, and we are called to go and be a Blessing to Others.