The Upper Room Devotional for 28th January 2023

The Upper Room Devotional for 28th January 2023

The Upper Room Devotional for 28th January 2023

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.

Today’s Topic: My Focus
Melanie Sue Fretz (Pennsylvania, USA)

Philippians 4:4-9

Today I will seek God’s presence everywhere I go.

The Upper Room Devotional for 28th January 2023

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:8 (NRSV)

Some days everything seems wrong, and everywhere I go appears dismal. I notice dirt on the floor, smudges on the windowpanes, a new gray hair, and an endless list of stressors. While driving, traffic lights take too long to change, drivers are aggressive, and I have to avoid potholes.

When I meditate on today’s scripture verse, I realize that the real problem may be my focus. If I focus on what’s wrong, that’s what I’ll see. But if I focus on what is lovely, pure, and just, that’s what I’ll find. The world is full of both good and bad, and God tells us to meditate on and fill our hearts and minds with the good. In this way we can exhibit the peace that draws others to Christ.

When we change our focus, we are sure to find God in every part of creation. When I notice the amazing aroma of coffee, the birdsong outside my window, or the stunning colors of a sunrise, my problems fade into the background. When my day is interrupted, I can pause to enjoy a few deep breaths and remind myself of my blessings. May we focus on what is lovely, pure, and just as we observe the world around us today.

Dear God, help us to shift our focus away from what is stressful to see what is lovely in the world you have created. Amen.

To notice God in my surroundings

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