The Upper Room Daily Devotional 11th January 2023 – Unexpected Ways

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 11th January 2023

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 11th January 2023 by Savannah Ashley Smith (North Carolina, USA). As you study today’s devotional, remember this; “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)

TOPIC: Unexpected Ways

1 Corinthians 10:31

KEY VERSE: Paul wrote, “I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” – 1 Corinthians 10:33 (NIV)

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 11th January 2023 MESSAGE

I was feeling lost and out of place. I was sure that I had chosen the wrong place to go to school and spent hours trying to convince my mom that I needed to transfer or come home for a year. I prayed daily for a sign to tell me to leave.

I decided, however, to stay one more semester, and I moved in with a new roommate. During the first week of classes, my roommate began opening up to me. She told me that she had been struggling with her faith and that she had noticed my strong faith in Christ. She believed God had placed me in her life so that she would seek her own relationship with Christ.

When we pray, we often expect God to grant our requests in just the way we ask. But in that moment I realized that while I was praying and asking God to give me a new start, to give me what I thought I needed, God was doing just that but in a different way than I had imagined. I had been so worried about finding contentment in my surroundings I had forgotten that joy can only be found in Christ. As a Christian, no matter where I am, my purpose is to lead others to Jesus.

Dear God, set our hearts on you so that everything we do may be in your name and for your glory. Amen.

God’s answers to my prayers may be different than I expect.

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