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June 17, 2018

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June 17, 2018 

Read Genesis 41

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Scripture- Genesis 41:41- Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.”

Observations- Joseph moves within a very short period of time from being stuck in prison to being the second most powerful person in all of Egypt. I've never really thought of it before, but today- for the first time- I thought about how Joseph didn't seek revenge on Potiphar and his wife for the years of injustice he suffered through her false accusation against his character. On Father's Day we see Joseph become a father, and he even "named his older son Manasseh, for he said, 'God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father’s family.'”

Application- We often focus on Joseph's high moral and ethical conduct, but I also suspect it was his deep connection to the living God that also freed him from the need to pursue revenge against Potiphar and his wife and even his brothers. Lord Acton famously said, “All power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely," but the absolute power Joseph received was tempered by his faith in and relationship with the living God. It's hard not to seek revenge when we've been wronged, but it's still the right thing to do.

Prayer- O Lord, today I will cast my cares on You. thank You for leading me forward and sustaining me on this journey. While I have so often let You down, You have never let me down yet. I leave it to You to decide who is evil and who needs to be punished. Let Your love reign in my heart and mind, so I am free from the need to ever seek revenge. i will trust in You. Amen.

"He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly." (1 Peter 2:23),

Pastor Jamie

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June 16, 2018

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June 16, 2018 

Read Genesis 40

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Scripture- Genesis 40:8b, 23- “Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.” Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.

Observations- Things look dark for Joseph as he languishes in prison, but there is a ray of hope, because two men bring him their dreams to interpret. Joseph deflects credit away from himself, and points to God as the One who will help him interpret their dreams. One gets good news and the other gets devastating news. The glimmer of hope fades, however, as Joseph is forgotten as soon as the crisis becomes a distant memory for the cup bearer of the Pharaoh.

Application- Joseph stayed humble and kind, and he sought to help the two men in desperate need to be quickly forgotten. We often times can feel- in spite of the fact we are on the right track and doing the next right thing- that we aren't getting any traction in the right direction for our life. We must not put a period where God has placed a comma. This story isn't over yet, and neither is ours! 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your abiding presence in the best of times and worst of time. I will trust You, and I can put a period at the end of that sentence no matter what I'm facing. Give me an eternal perspective on my earthly suffering, difficulty, and dilemmas. I am Yours, and I am grateful as we write the rest of the story together. Amen.

"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (Philippians 4:8),

Pastor Jamie

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