God Meant it for Good

Joseph could finally see the reason for all the suffering he experienced. It was the process God designed for him to become God’s deliverer in a very high place of authority to save the lives of many.

The false blame, the rivalry, the jealousy, the allure of sin … all blended together to compose the journey he made from being a shepherd to a ruler.

We never completely see the end result while we are in moments of trial and despair. We take heart from Biblical examples like Joseph and Jesus. We are blessed if we trust God to work everything out for our good.

DAILY PRAYER: Father, forgive us for complaining about the painful circumstances we often find ourselves in. We will trust You to work it out for Your glory and our good.

DAILY READING: Gen. 45-7

The Loss of a Child

Joseph’s brothers clarified how important Benjamin was to their father, Jacob. They alluded to his own disappearance as they explained their father’s fragile emotional welfare at the prospect of losing another son. No doubt, they had all  witnessed the distress Jacob experienced at the loss of Joseph.

This story reveals how difficult it is for a parent to lose a child. Our Heavenly Father loved us enough to allow His Son, Christ Jesus, to experience death for our sins. Like Joseph’s seeming death, Christ’s deed brought salvation to all who would come to Him.

There are many parallels between Joseph and Jesus.

DAILY PRAYER: Father in Heaven, Your willingness to sacrifice Your Son has given us eternal hope and welfare. We praise and thank You for giving the life of Your Son to redeem us from destruction.

DAILY READING: Gen. 42-44

God Knows Where You Are

Even though the Pharaoh’s cup bearer forgot Joseph in the prison, God jogged his memory when the king had his own dream that needed interpretation. He then remembered the young Hebrew boy and the rest was history. Joseph, after interpreting the dreams with God’s help, was immediately released from his bondage and promoted.

Regardless of the desperation of your circumstances, God knows exactly where you are and is probably preparing for your deliverance. The gifts He gave you will be used for His glory.

DAILY PRAYER: Father, although we become weary of waiting sometimes, we will nevertheless trust You to keep moving us closer to our Kingdom destiny.

DAILY READING: Gen. 38-41

Joseph, The Dreamer

One of the most dramatic stories in the Bible is that of Joseph. As a boy, he dreamed that his entire family would bow down to him. God was obviously the giver of this dream since it eventually came to pass AFTER Joseph’s trying journey through Potiphar’s house, the prison, and ultimately Pharaoh’s palace.

God’s preparations are faithful. Like Mary, the mother of Jesus, we may need to ponder these things, tuck them away in our hearts, and trust the Lord to bring them to pass.

DAILY PRAYER: Father, watch over our lives to bring Your plans to fruition. We will remain in total trust. Be the Master of our lives.

DAILY READING: Gen. 36,37

Unworthy

As Jacob and his family were returning home from the employ of Laban, his father-in-law, he bowed to the Lord in prayer and declared himself unworthy of the scope of blessing God had favored him with. He had been a deceiver to his own father Isaac, his brother Esau, and in part to Laban. Now in desperation, he was asking for God’s protection from Esau who was coming to meet him with 400 men.

Like Jacob, we too are unworthy of the blessings God bestows upon us, yet we boldly come to Him continually to ask for our needs. He gives to us because He loves us, not because we deserve it.

DAILY PRAYER: Lord, we are humbly grateful for Your supernatural blessing we experience every day. 

DAILY READING: Gen. 32-35

God Controls the Womb

The story of Jacob is one of many births, both of children and of sheep. It seems that he was always having more children and more sheep. It was all in God’s plan. The twelve sons God blessed him with would later form the basis for the nation of Israel.

God has a destiny and purpose for children. They are His arrows that shoot out to hit targets of His making. We are blessed to be a part of His multiplication process.

DAILY PRAYER: Father in Heaven, use our children to  accomplish Your purposes. Keep them safe and make them productive and free from sin.

DAILY READING: Gen. 29-31

I Will Give a Tenth

Once again the Bible reveals the principle of the tithe when Jacob said, “Of all that You give me, I will give a tenth.”

It’s better to have the principle in Your life than to have the money in hand. So many say, “I can’t afford to give the tithe.” They discount God’s ability to bless their finances when they go ahead, obey Him, and give the tithe.

You can’t outgive God.

DAILY PRAYER: Lord, of all You have given, grace me to likewise be generous with others. At the least, a tenth of my income is Yours.

DAILY READING: Gen. 26-28