The Upper Room Devotional

The Upper Room Devotional 10 August 2022 | Transitions

The Upper Room Devotional 10 August 2022 | Transitions

The Upper Room Devotional 10 August 2022 | Transitions

Welcome to Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for Wednesday 10th August 2022, written by Shirley Brosius. God bless you as you study today!


Today’s Topic: Transitions
Henry L. Childress (Arkansas, USA)

Genesis 37:1-11

God can use my struggles to prepare me for something better.

We want each one of you to show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end. – Hebrews 6:11 (NRSV)

As I reflect on the days of lifting weights in my youth, I remember how much I hated changing the amount of weight on the bar between lifts. Sometimes the transition between sets took longer than the lifts themselves. But now that I look back, I can see that the transitions had just as much to do with strengthening my body as the lifts did. Each time I pulled the weights off the bar and replaced them with new ones, my hands became tougher and stronger. Every time I twisted and turned with those heavy weights, my abs and obliques were getting toned. Every lift, push, pull, and twist during the transition benefited me in the long run.

Throughout the Bible, we also see times of transition. For example, when Joseph had the dream of his brothers bowing down to him, he was not given a royal position the next day. His time of transition lasted many years. But he needed that time to truly interpret his dreams and learn what it meant to be a good leader. Transitions in life are important — they are God’s way of preparing us for what is ahead.

Dear Lord, help us to see that the space between where we are and where we are going is necessary. May the transition make us stronger, wiser, and closer to you. Amen.

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The Upper Room Devotional 10 August 2022 | Transitions

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