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The Upper Room Devotional 5 June 2024 || The God Who Stretches

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The Upper Room Devotional 5 June 2024 || The God Who Stretches

Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for June 5th, 2024 Message. God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.

The God Who Stretches
Renee Williams (California, USA)

TODAY’S READING
Genesis 22:1-14

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Each day I will stretch my heart to be more open toward God and others.

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. – Isaiah 54:2 (NIV)

After an important event, people in the Bible often called the Lord or locations by a new name. That name usually reminded them of a time when they felt God’s presence, protection, or deliverance. Some examples are: The Lord will provide; The Lord who heals; The Lord is my banner.

When I moved to Japan, I came to know God as “the God who stretches.” When I first arrived in Japan, I didn’t speak Japanese, and the culture was decidedly different from my own. I was lonely. But God helped me to stretch beyond my comfort zone to learn and grow.

God wants us to stretch beyond what we know to open our hearts to others. When we think we can’t do anything else, God might say, “Stretch your heart a bit more and talk to that person who looks lonely.” If we are frustrated while working with someone whose personality irritates us, God might tell us, “Stretch yourself and be nice to them.” When we stretch ourselves and open our hearts to others, God can take away our fear and help us to grow. I pray that all believers will come to know the God who stretches.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, help us to grow, opening our hearts to you and others more each day. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
People moving to a new country

The Upper Room Devotional 5 June 2024 || The God Who Stretches

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