The Upper Room 27 January 2024 Devotional – Always Present
Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for January 27th, 2024 Message written by Todd Noon (New Jersey, USA). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When things seem dark, the light of Christ still shines.
I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. – Revelation 22:16 (NIV)
It had been raining steadily for five days, and the local forecast was predicting another two days of equally bleak conditions. I found myself increasingly unmotivated to do much of anything, especially when it involved going outside. Taking out the trash, driving to work, letting the dog out — everything was a wet, depressing chore that sapped my energy and dampened my disposition.
Having not seen the sun in nearly a week, I decided to head to the gym in hopes that some physical activity might change my outlook. While driving through a particularly strong downpour, the rain suddenly stopped, the clouds broke, and the brilliant sun shone through long enough to change my perspective.
In that moment, I was able to recognize that though the storm had been shrouding the sun, it was never gone. So it is with God who, as the Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 31, will always be with us, never leaving or forsaking us.
Too often, we are so focused on worldly cares that we forget that even in the midst of our storms, Jesus is still “the bright morning star” promised in scripture. It is good to remember that clouds cannot stop the light of the sun; they can only obscure it for a time. In a similar way,
Christ never leaves us. He is with us through it all, ordering our days and preparing straight paths for when the clouds lift.
Thank you, God, for your faithfulness every day, no matter the storm surrounding us. Amen.
To stay faithful during hard times