The Upper Room 8th May 2023 Devotional – Turning to Scripture

The Upper Room 8th May 2023 Devotional
The Upper Room Daily Devotional 8th May 2023

The Upper Room 8th May 2023 Daily Devotional, Monday Message by Selina Machado (Blantyre, Malawi)

TOPIC: Turning to Scripture

Psalm 18:30-36

KEY VERSE: Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:17 (KJV)

Watching TV and spending time on social media were starting to have a negative effect on me. Everywhere I looked, I seemed to find bad news — people infected by a disease, a recent earthquake, a shooting, people who had recently lost their lives. With each passing day, fear and worry began to creep into my mind. Eventually, I found it hard to leave my house. My emotions were fluctuating, but I seemed to be heading more toward sadness.

My “faith tank” was getting low, and I asked myself, What should I be giving my attention to instead? The one thing that helped me was listening to God’s word. Day by day, I began spending more time studying scripture; I listened to sermons and teachings; I sang and danced along to worship music. Although I did not experience an instant change, I kept at it. The more I listened to God’s word, the better I felt and the more confident I became. With time, the fear and heaviness left. Spending time in God’s word can help move us beyond our fears and is always worthwhile.

Merciful God, we thank you for your word, which builds us up and dispels our fear. Thank you for the loving protection you provide. Amen.

When I feel worn down and afraid, I will turn to scripture.

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