The Upper Room Devotional 13th October 2022 || Thursday
Welcome to The Upper Room Daily Devotional for 13 October 2022, Thursday Message. May the Lord bless and prosper you as you study, Amen!
THE UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONAL 13TH OCTOBER 2022
Topic: God at Work
Debbie O’Brien (North Carolina, USA)
Acts of the Apostles 27:13-26
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Trusting God creates hope in the heart.
When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved. – Acts 27:20 (NIV)
During my son’s struggle with addiction I often felt my hope fading. I was afraid he would be lost to this terrible evil. My fear and worry were never-ending and consumed every waking hour. Sometimes I felt I was in the raging storm Paul described in this story from Acts. I was struggling to pray and to trust God.
It must have been like that for the crew and other passengers on the boat with Paul — fearful they would not survive. Without the sun and the moon, they were unable to know where they were. But an angel of God came to Paul and told him not to fear, that all the passengers would survive.
With this revelation from God, Paul was able to encourage the passengers and to give them hope.
During my son’s struggles, God reassured me that he was at work in my son’s life. My worry and fear did not instantly disappear, but God’s reassurance gave me the hope I needed to carry on in prayer, asking God’s guidance for how best to help my son. I did not always like the answers I received; but with God’s help I was assured that my son was in God’s hands.
Dear God, when the trials of life are overwhelming, help us to remember our hope is in you and that you will never forsake us. Amen.
Those struggling with addiction
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