UCB Word For Today Devotional For January 30, 2023 : Topic – What concerns you concerns God
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What concerns you concerns God
29 JANUARY 2023
‘Give all your worries and cares to God.’
1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Doug Coldiron writes: ‘I’m a trucker, and my Jack Russell Terrier, Dee Dee, rides shotgun on my road trips. We were playing fetch outside Atlanta when something caught her eye and she shot into the woods. I paced the perimeter calling her name. I alerted other truckers and searched until it was pitch black. Nothing. Eventually the others left; some said, “I’ll pray for you.” I wasn’t so sure God was listening. I’d already been praying for hours.
‘Next morning, I had to get on the road, and when I opened my laptop and pulled up my Facebook page, it was filled with postings: “We’re praying for you.” “Hang in there.” “Trust God.” I felt comforted; someone besides me was worried about my dog. If only I could get back to Atlanta soon! I thought about praying, “Lord, get me an assignment in Atlanta…NOW!” I knew that could take weeks, but when I clicked on my company website to check the destination for my next job…it was Atlanta! Could prayer be working?
‘Next morning my cell phone woke me. It was Russ, the maintenance supervisor. “I saw your dog on my way to work.” I couldn’t believe my ears. I had to get to Atlanta! From the truck centre, Russ drove me to where he had seen Dee Dee. After searching for hours, I glanced over my shoulder…and there she sat on the doorstep of a house. She bolted over, and as I picked her up, I prayed, “Thank you, God.”’
The Bible says, ‘Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you’ (v. 7 NLT). Coldiron adds, ‘Who knows what goes on in a dog’s mind? One thing I know is we’re never alone. God always answers prayer.’
Luke 2:1-24, Psalms 13-15