The Upper Room Devotional For 13th September 2023 – Honest with God

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The Upper Room Devotional For 13th September 2023 – Honest with God
The Upper Room Devotional for 13th September
2023 Wednesday

The Upper Room Devotional for 13th September 2023, Wednesday Message by Judi Murphy (Pennsylvania, USA)

TOPIC: Honest with God

TODAY’S READING
1 Samuel 16:1-13

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4 (NRSVUE)

Several years ago, my husband and I were experiencing a series of difficulties: health issues, car trouble, financial concerns, family drama. One afternoon as I sat sulking, a friend called and announced, “I have to tell you what God has done!” She celebrated several positive life changes as I politely endured her joy. Before hanging up, she said, “My dear, delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” After the call, I grumbled angrily, “No, God will give everyone else the desires of their heart. God never blesses us.” But I knew that wasn’t true.

My friend’s call prompted me to be honest with God. Up to that point, my prayers had been polite and scripted, and I claimed I wanted God’s will. But the truth was, I felt abandoned and frustrated, and I wanted things to be easier. As I opened up, I began to see how God was working for my good.

Since then, I have continued to be honest with God, pouring out my heart so that God may refine it. A refined heart celebrates God even in difficult circumstances and desires things of eternal worth, which God is eager to lavish on us.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, thank you for your love for us. Thank you for the good gifts you give us and that in all things you are working for our good. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Today I will be honest with God, who already knows my heart.

PRAYER FOCUS
People who feel abandoned by God

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