The Upper Room 30 January 2024 Devotional – Birds of the Air
Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for January 30th, 2024 Message written by Steve Wakefield (Alabama, USA). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
How am I listening for God’s voice today?
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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? – Matthew 6:26-27 (NIV)
It was Monday morning, and I was tired and sad. The past few weeks had been busy with work and travel. The anniversary of the death of my soulmate was fast approaching, and I had been thinking about her a lot. I had spent the weekend with my kids, and my heart was breaking for them in the loss of their mother.
The Upper Room devotion that morning was about listening to God. As hard as I tried, I could not sit still and listen. I prayed for my kids, got another cup of coffee, and sat down in my living room. As I sat down, a bird perched on my front door rail just outside the living room window. I immediately knew that God was speaking to me even though I was not listening.
Seeing that bird reminded me of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus teaches us about worry. He tells us that God takes care of the birds in the sky and that we are more important than the birds. As I pondered the scripture and its meaning, I began to appreciate some things I had taken for granted. I felt God giving me much-needed inner strength. I appreciated the message God sent to me in a time when I most needed it.
Thank you, God, for speaking to us when we most need it. Help us to listen for your voice. Amen.
Those overwhelmed with sadness