The Upper Room Devotional for 23rd May 2023: Closer to God

The Upper Room Devotional for 23rd May 2023: Closer to God

The Upper Room Devotional for 23rd May 2023: Closer to God

Welcome!!! The word of God is food to the spirit man. As you read The Upper Room Devotional Today, may the word of the Lord powerfully impact on you.


Titik Rahayuningsih (Indonesia)

John 15:1-8

God is always near, waiting for me to draw closer.

The Lord said, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your stony heart from your body and replace it with a living one.” – Ezekiel 36:26 (CEB)

One day, my co-worker gave me a potted flower that was slightly dry. I knew that if the plant was not watered, it would soon die. So I began to care for the flower by watering it every day and placing it in the sunlight. Soon the flower was refreshed and grew even more beautiful.

This reminds me how much God loves us. Often we may feel neglected, lost, or even like there is no hope for us. But when we draw closer to God and let God douse our dry hearts with the Holy Spirit, we are renewed. When we feel that God is far from our lives, the truth is that God has never left us — even when we have left God. God’s love is permanent and eternal.

Let us continue to draw our hearts and minds closer to God so that we can become the persons God desires us to be. We know that God, the source of life, will help us with every struggle we face.

Loving God, soften our hearts so that we may become more Christlike. Teach us to live your word so that we may grow to know you more deeply. Amen.


Someone who feels far from God


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