The Upper Room 21st January 2024 Devotional
The Upper Room 21st January 2024 Devotional, Sunday Message by Joshua Sila (Nairobi, Kenya)
TOPIC: Moving On
The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you.” – Genesis 12:1 (CEB)
As I have gotten older, I have felt more resistant to change. So when I felt God asking me to make a major life change — moving to live in a city on the other side of my country where I knew no one — I didn’t want to go. It would mean leaving behind my friends and my church. But while I continued to disobey this urging, I had no peace.
I tried to calm my unsettled soul by reading about characters in the Bible who had been asked to move by God. Abram was prompted by God to move to an unknown destination; at least I knew where God wanted me to go. God asked David to change his location and his status; I would only be changing my location. Gideon was so reluctant to obey that he questioned God and tested God’s intentions with a fleece; I didn’t need a fleece.
I obeyed God’s instructions questioningly and reluctantly. I am now living in a house that is better suited to my older age. I am happy in my new church, and since moving I have learned that my former church has closed. The city I now live in has more opportunities for service. I will be forever grateful God urged me to move. God always knows best.
Dear God, may we always obey your still, small voice. Give us courage to follow your leading. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God knows what is best for me.
Someone moving to a new city
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