The Upper Room Devotional 8th November 2023 —A Special Recipe
Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for November 8, 2023 Message written by Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.
TODAY’S TOPIC: A SPECIAL RECIPE
Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Because I have God, I have all I need.
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines . . . yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. – Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV)
My birthday was coming up, and I really wanted to celebrate it with cake. The problem was that we did not have enough money to buy one. My sister knew I wanted cake, so she made one. Instead of using flour, butter, and milk, she used sweet potatoes and coconut. First my sister steamed the sweet potatoes, and then she mashed them. Then she shaped them into a cake and sprinkled it with grated coconut.
My sister did not spend much money making that cake. Sweet potatoes and coconut were inexpensive, but the cake was beautiful and delicious. I was so happy! I thanked God for my special birthday cake.
From this experience I realized that happiness is not dependent on money or wealth. This is why Habakkuk could rejoice despite having no crops or livestock or other material wealth.
Today we may not have much money or wealth. We cannot buy everything we like. But we still can be happy. Because we have God, we have everything we need in life. Like Habakkuk, we can rejoice in the Lord.
Dear God, help us not to rely on money or wealth for our happiness. Remind us that true joy comes only from you. Amen.