The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, May 14, 2022 comes to us from Rachel Pittiglio of Michigan
1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: "Lord, save me!" 5 The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. 6 The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, 9 that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 116:1-9 NIV
“Living By Faith”
Two years ago, my life appeared to be in perfect order. My relationship, finances, education, and career all seemed to be succeeding. Around that time, I copied down Psalm 116:7 and hung it in my kitchen. When I looked at that verse, I felt inspired to give thanks. It was easy to give thanks when I didn’t have any major problems, but I also asked God to increase my faith so that I could be grateful even if circumstances changed.
I believe the Holy Spirit inspired those prayers for faithfulness because my apparent success evaporated. I lost my job. My hopes for a relationship fell through, and I found myself grieving and feeling forgotten. Everyone around me seemed to be achieving their dreams while I had taken several giant steps back. But every time I looked at Psalm 116:7 hanging in my kitchen I recalled God’s faithfulness. I suspect no one would look at my circumstances today and claim I have it all together. God is bountiful and faithful because God prepared me for this journey. I am learning to live by faith rather than sight.
Each of us has experienced setbacks in our lives. Rachel Pittiglio reminds us that no matter how difficult the circumstances of our lives become, God is with us. Rachel Pittiglio calls us to lean on God, no matter whether our lives are going well or seem difficult in the moment.
Dear Lord, help us to love and trust you no matter what happens in our lives. Help us to stay faithful to you, as you are faithful to us. Amen.
Someone Experiencing a Setback.
Thought for the Day:
God is faithful no matter what challenges I face.