The Upper Room Devotional for October 2, 2023
The Upper Room Devotional for October 2nd, 2023 , Monday Message by Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)
TOPIC: Count God’s Blessings
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. – Psalm 23:6 (NIV)
One evening I saw my sister writing notes in her phone. Curious, I took a peek at what she was writing. It was a list of good things that happened to her that day. My sister was counting God’s blessings one by one. When I asked her why, she answered, “So I can always be thankful to God.”
Starting in January 2021, I had many troubles — one blow after another. I was stressed, and as a result it was hard for me to be thankful to God. Then I remembered my sister’s example to count God’s blessings. So every night I tried to give thanks to God for at least one blessing. At first it was difficult. I would wonder, What blessing did I receive today? But, day by day, I came to realize that God’s blessings were abundant. No longer was I stressed. I gave thanks to God and felt content.
In today’s scripture reading, David celebrates God’s presence in his life. Even though he faced many troubles, David knew God’s goodness was with him every day. Life has many troubles, but it also has many blessings. We can give thanks to God always.
Open our eyes, God, to the abundant blessings you give us every day of our life. May we always give thanks to you. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
How has God blessed me today?