January 15, Genesis 41-44

 

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I am captured by the way our reading begins today.  We are told that two full years passed. That’s a long time to wait. That’s especially a long time to wait when we feel like we have been treated unfairly to start. Sometimes God calls us to wait. We want to go now, but God says wait. If you are in a waiting period today, thank God for the wait and remind yourself that God has a plan. While sometimes God calls us to wait, other times He calls us to “Go!” The beginning of chapter 42 offers an interesting parallel to the waiting at the beginning of chapter 41. In essence, Jacob says to his sons, “What are you waiting on?” Apparently the sons were just standing around looking at each other. Have you ever been around a group of people when you wanted to say what Jacob said? Maybe today God says to you, “What are you waiting on?” My prayer today is that we would not be ahead of God or behind God, but right in step with Him. It is one thing to be waiting on God, but entirely something else for God to be waiting on us.

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January 14

 

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As we complete our second week of reading, I want you to think again on that phrase from Genesis 18:14.  That’s the phrase that reminds us that there is nothing that is too hard for the LORD.  The same thought is expressed in Jeremiah 32:17 and 27, Matthew 19:26, and Luke 1:37.  Read each of these Scriptures and think about the following difficult things:  

_______________________ is the most difficult thing in my life.  

_______________________ is the most difficult thing in my church.  

_______________________ is the most difficult thing in our world.  

_______________________ is the most difficult lost person that I know.  

Then, pray…”God, though these things seem difficult to me, they are not too difficult for You.” 

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January 13, Genesis 37-40

 

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In three of these four chapters, we read about Joseph. (Chapter 38 details the life of Judah—I don’t think we covered his story in Children’s Sunday School either.) In many ways, Joseph is the hero of the story for me. Joseph was faithful no matter the circumstances. Here’s the way I like to summarize the life of Joseph. First, he was sold by his brothers. Next, he was sold out by Potiphar’s wife. Then, he was “sold-down-the-river” by the king’s cupbearer. The last verse of chapter 40 indicates that Joseph was forgotten by the cupbearer. In many ways, Joseph was forgotten many times, but never by God. Joseph was not only remembered by God, but God was always with him. So, here’s the lesson: Sometimes we do all the right things, and all the wrong things happen. When you feel like your life is going that way, remember Joseph. Have faith in God, He is at work in your life even though you may not see His work. When something does not go your way today, remember that God is in charge!

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January 12, Genesis 32-36

 

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Yesterday and today we have read about Jacob. Here’s what I see about Jacob. His life can be summarized by four spiritual milestones.  The first two milestones were read yesterday. First, Jacob was arrested by God (chapter 28) soon after his departure to the land of his mother. God is in control, but Jacob would need to come under the control of God. Jacob’s transformation is not yet complete, but I think it begins here with a ladder. Second, Jacob wasredirected by God to go back to the land of his fathers (chapter 31). Third, Jacob was restored by God (chapter 32). Finally, Jacob is reassured by God (chapter 35). God confirmed with Jacob the covenant of Abraham. In three of these four milestones, Jacob built an altar to the LORD to declare his praise. Take a moment today to reflect on some of your spiritual milestones. Then ask yourself whether you are still living by the direction that these milestones pointed.

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January 11, Genesis 27-31

 

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Yesterday, we read about Isaac and Rebekah’s source of grief because of their daughters-in-law.  We read a little more striking statement today in Genesis 27:46.  Now, we learn that Rebekah is disgusted with living because of these women.  She is not sure that life is worth living if Jacob would do the same as Esau.  Now, certainly she was right in wanting the best for her son.  But, you know what?  I don’t think God ever wants us to get to the place where our satisfaction in life is dependent on what someone else does.  Ask God to show you if you are allowing the actions of someone else to rob you of your joy. The other thing to observe in this verse is the place that it plays in giving a reason for Rebekah to ask Isaac to send Jacob off to search for a wife among her people.  If not for her displeasure, which of course was introduced earlier, Isaac would not have called Jacob, blessed him, and commanded him to Paddan Aram.  What is all of this?  Deception?  Yes.  Bitterness?  Yes.  Sin? Probably so.  But, you know what else?  The sovereignty of God!  Absolutely! Jacob’s life is saved from the angry hands of Esau.  Jacob will soon become the continuation of a promise made to his grandfather Abraham.

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