The Upper Room Devotional 9 July 2022 | Childlike Faith

The Upper Room Devotional 9 July 2022 | Childlike Faith

The Upper Room Devotional 9 July 2022 | Childlike Faith

Read and Meditate on Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for 9th July 2022, written by Dori H. Gorman. May the Lord bless you as you study!

THE UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONAL 9 JULY 2022, SATURDAY

Today’s Topic: Childlike Faith
Dori H. Gorman (Tennessee, USA)

TODAY’S READING
1 Corinthians 13:8-13

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Who is God calling me to be when I grow up?

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. – 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NRSV)

“Who do you want to be when you grow up?” My dad asked me that question throughout my childhood. My six-year-old self responded, “I want to be a veterinarian.” “No,” my dad would say. “That’s what you want to do. I asked, ‘Who do you want to be?’” As a child, I equated having a particular job with who I would become. Now I understand how those things are different.

Reflecting on this made me think of other “childish ways.” Have I put them behind me? Is my identity rooted in a title or a position? Do I long for notoriety? Do I still throw tantrums? God wants all of us to come to Jesus with childlike faith, but that’s different from childish faith.

Recently I met a six-year-old boy, Aiden. Following in the footsteps of my dad, I asked Aiden, “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” He replied, “I want to be a man.” His response was childlike but not childish. It was said with the innocence of a child who simply wants to grow and mature — to become the person God created him to be. Aiden’s answer reminds us all that rather than focusing on what we do or how we can make a name for ourselves, we can focus on becoming who God has created us to be.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, give us a faith that is childlike but not childish. Help us to become the persons you created us to be. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
Veterinarians

The Upper Room Devotional 9 July 2022 | Childlike Faith