The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, August 13, 2022, comes to us from Christopher L. Scott of Washington.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17 NIV
Pray without ceasing.1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV
I had made many visits to various practitioners for my back pain, but nothing was working. This time, the doctor pointed out that while sitting on the exam table, I was slumping over. He told me this was part of the problem, and that if I had poor posture all day, I would never get better.
I couldn’t instantly fix 30 years of bad posture, but I resolved to try. I monitored my posture throughout the day, while working at my desk, cooking, and walking. Week by week, my back pain decreased. It really was that simple! Physical therapy, massages, and medication didn’t help me, but maintaining good posture made all the difference. After a month, most of my back pain was gone.
Just as I needed to focus on my posture throughout the day to strengthen my back, what if we all focused on God and scripture throughout the day to strengthen our faith? We can memorize a verse and recite it in our minds. We can talk to God about what is going on and what we are struggling with. Scripture is always available, and God is ready to talk whenever we want to.
James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is face.” So, when we can trust God to help us make the changes that we have faced, then we can become intentional about making the changes that will improve the problem or challenge. When we trust God and study scripture, we can find the strength to work hard to make those changes that we have faced. I invite to think about a challenge over which you have control in your life. If you trust God to face that challenge, would you be able to improve that situation in your life?
Dear God, help us to remember that you are our source of life and that we will be rejuvenated if we stay connected to you throughout the day. Amen.
--Christopher L. Scott
People Suffering from back pain.
Thought for the Day:
How can I focus on God and pray more throughout the day?