The Upper Room 9 May 2022 Daily Devotional for Sunday Message. Read The Upper Room 9 May 2022 Daily Devotional by Dean Gammons (North Carolina, USA)
TOPIC: God, where are you?
KEY VERSE: He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)
The Upper Room 9 May 2022 Daily Devotional MESSAGE
“God, where are you?” I was 22 when I first asked this question. A horrific car crash had left me with a ten percent chance of survival, yet miraculously I am still here. Now in my sixties, I am finding it easier to see God’s work in my life.
I grew up in a Christian household, made a profession of faith at age 12, and have been a Christian since. When I was young, I mistakenly believed that being Christian should give me protection from suffering. But this is simply not true. It was not true for Christ, nor is it true for his followers.
Looking at my life that has included multiple surgeries and physical maladies, an onlooker might mistakenly assume that God was far removed from me. But that would be a mistake. I saw God’s hand at work when surgeons changed their minds at the last minute, when treatment plans were altered, and when surgery revealed results dramatically different from x-rays. God was present in the support of friends and family who prayed and offered words of encouragement. God was there all along.
Heavenly Father, hear our cry. We pray that you will surround the oppressed, the downtrodden, and those sick in body and spirit with your comfort and your love. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I will not let my circumstances define my relationship with God.
The Upper Room 9 May 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