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),
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