KEY VERSE: Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 (CEB)
The Upper Room 26th April 2022 Daily Devotional MESSAGE
Many years ago I took a rock climbing course at a local college. The instructor put me in a harness and instructed me to climb to the top of the wall. He told me upon reaching the top to then lean back in the harness and rappel back down the wall. The instructor emphasized that I must trust the harness to prevent my falling. He warned me not to hold on to the wall but to lean back and surrender all of my weight to the harness. But instead of trusting the harness, I knocked up against the wall with my left shoulder. By transferring my weight from the harness to my shoulder, I injured myself.
I believe this same concept holds true in our lives as Christians. Christ wishes for us to trust him, completely surrendering our lives to him. By doing so we will find the peace that can come to us only from turning our lives over to his will. My lack of trust in my harness caused physical injury; but our failure to trust our lives completely to Christ will result in spiritual injury, depriving us of the peace and rest Christ offers.
Dear Jesus, today we pray for the strength and the will to trust you and to surrender our lives to you. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Jesus is the only way to true peace.
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The Upper Room 26th April 2022 Daily Devotional Message. The Upper Room is a daily devotional magazine published in more than 30 languages and 100 countries around the world. The daily meditations are written by readers of the magazine and others interested in sharing their faith experiences through writing—both laity and clergy, published authors and new writers. The meditations are stories of real people working to live faithfully with the Bible as their touchstone. Every day, readers of The Upper Room around the world read the same story in many different languages and pray the same prayer together. Read More