Devotional Archives

  • GOD OF THE NOMAD

    July 27th, 2017

    International migration is on the rise, and its scope, complexity, and impact continue to grow. Traveling to a new place can come with anxiety and fear of the unknown. The Israelites often reacted to such anxiety by turning to other gods and incurring God’s wrath as they moved to new ...

  • GOD’S TIMING

    July 26th, 2017

    Throughout the Gospels Jesus tells his followers not to fear. Yet when I look at the notes I’ve written in the margins of my Bible, I find many concerns and worries. I pray about them, and in my anxiety I want God to answer right away. However, some of these ...

  • LIVING WATER

    July 25th, 2017

    I live in Texas, which can be extremely hot and dry in the summer. We recently endured a long, severe summer drought. Lakes that had once been filled with boats were dry, cracked dirt. People walked across river beds where they had previously gone swimming. Lawns that had been lush ...

  • POWER TO PERSEVERE

    July 24th, 2017

    “Christ gives us power to persevere.” These words have been written on the chalkboard in my family’s kitchen since January 2003. At the time, I was in the habit of writing The Upper Room’s “Thought for the Day” on the chalkboard so that the whole family could meditate on it ...

  • SEND SOMEONE ELSE!

    July 23rd, 2017

    Ever since I was 12 years old, attending church each week has given me a sense of peace; it lifts my spirit and helps me face the week ahead. But sometimes I have left church thinking, That sermon didn’t do much for me. Recently, one sermon started tugging at my ...

  • HE’S BEEN THERE

    July 22nd, 2017

    When I was young and did something I shouldn’t have, I knew I was about to get busted when my dad would come into my room, turn my chair around, and sit backward on it. One time when the chair came out and I braced for a scolding, Dad said ...

  • BACKWARD OR FORWARD?

    July 21st, 2017

    Driving through a lush, green forest, I rounded a curve to see hundreds of white cylinders studding a bare hillside. The scene resembled a cemetery marked with rows of tombstones. Then I looked closer. Each white cylinder surrounded a tiny hand-planted sapling, protecting it from nibbling deer and harsh winds. ...

  • A SIMPLE LIFE

    July 20th, 2017

    My grandfather led a simple life; he was always content with whatever he received. He developed a good command of the English language as he worked with doctors and missionaries before and after India gained its independence. After he retired, my grandfather dedicated his life to language and literature. He ...

  • A SMALL WORLD

    July 19th, 2017

    As a child I was fascinated by maps. The world then seemed so big. Recently a charitable organization sent me a map of the world, and I was struck by how small the world now seems. I am convinced that we cannot isolate ourselves when there is so much desperate ...

  • SAYING “YES”

    July 18th, 2017

    I was offered a new job with more responsibility and a substantial increase in salary. The job description was lengthy and intimidating. I began to feel anxious. It seemed to be a dream job, but I felt unprepared and under-qualified. I prayed, “God, I just don’t know about this.” I ...