#F260 Bible Reading: Genesis 48-49

There is one verse that literally makes me tear up every time I read it and I’m not even surprised it was in my reading for today. Perhaps, it will surprise you which one.

And Israel said to Joseph, ”I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.” Genesis 48:11

God gave him what he didn’t even know was possible (to once again lay eyes on his precious son.) God gave him more than his heart even knew to request (to see and bless his grandchildren.)

Is anything too hard for our God? {Genesis 18:14 / Jeremiah 32:17 / Jeremiah 32:27 / Luke 18:27}

We ask so little of God. Sadly, we expect so little from God.

The Lord longs to be gracious to us (Isaiah 30:18.) Longs to bless us abundantly above and beyond anything we can imagine (Ephesians 3:20!)

And we don’t even ask or expect Him to move on our behalf. James has a little something to say about that (James 1:7.)

Let’s expect God to do big things. Let’s watch expectantly for Him to move those mountains. Let’s praise Him in advance for what He is about to do in our lives and the lives of those around us.

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Fruit in Every Season

It’s easy to slip into survivor mode. Not concerned with anything except making it through the current trial as unscathed as possible.

We live with an ”when I get through this” attitude believing THEN we will be less stressed, less overwhelmed, more able to serve God, etc.

The Lord promises more than survival in hard times; he promises fruitfulness. There will be visible evidence of His hand upon us and of Him at work around us.

Joseph looked around at all the Lord had done while he had been enslaved and imprisoned and said, ”Look what God has done in the midst of my affliction!” (Genesis 41:52)

Jeremiah promises that, if we trust the Lord in times of affliction, we will never cease to bear fruit and that we need not fear or be anxious. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

The psalmist says that the one who delights in the law of the Lord yields fruit and prospers in any season. (Psalm 1:3)

Don’t waste your time in the wilderness. It is not to simply be endured; it very well may be the place where you experience more spiritual growth and more of the Lord’s presence than you ever imagined.

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Even (Especially) in Affliction

Today’s #f260 reading begins with a reminder of what Joseph had already been through. Sold into slavery by his brothers. Taken down into Egypt and sold again.

👉One study tip is to think beyond just the facts of the story. We may think that we can’t relate to Joseph’s situation, but we can. Have you ever been betrayed by someone dear to you? Have you ever been afraid? Have you ever worried about what was coming next? Yeah, me too. See, we do understand Joseph.👈

Then we have this beautiful reminder that the Lord was with Joseph. So much with him that it was obvious to those who were witnesses to his affliction. (Genesis 39:2-3)

Then, the hardship continues when Joseph is falsely accused and thrown into prison. More injustice. More heartache. More uncertainty.

But God… (Genesis 39:21-23) He was still with Joseph, stilling loving and providing for Joseph, and others could still see it.

Whatever we find ourselves struggling with this morning. Whatever loss we are grappling with. Whatever injustice we’re enduring.

The Lord is with us. His steadfast love and faithfulness guide us each step of the way.

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Into the Wilderness

Do you ever find yourself in a wilderness and wonder how in the world you got there? I’ve always been intrigued by this passage (Hosea 2:14-15.)

God’s people had been unfaithful. They had continually turned their backs and chased after false gods. They did not acknowledge all that God had provided. The people suffer for it all.

Then, God says, ”I will bring my people into the wilderness.” He will ”speak tenderly” to them there. It will be a place of hope. They will respond as they did when they were first set free.

Do you see it? The wilderness wasn’t a place of punishment. It was a chance for the people to reconnect with their God, to restore their hope, and to renew their faith.

How many of us have been guilty of chasing things/people/accomplishments instead of God? How many times do we fail to show gratitude for the things God has graciously provided? Perhaps, if we look around and see wilderness, God is wooing us away to reconnect.

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This I Know

Our hope comes from what we know. Not what we feel. Not what we see. Not what someone else has said. We are far too free with words like hope and love.

I hope I am good enough. 👈 This means I’m hoping in myself.

I hope he or she likes/accepts/chooses me. 👈This places our hope in someone else.

I hope this works out the way I want. I hope I get that job/spouse/thing. I hope the doctor is wrong. I hope the doctor is right. 👈This places our hope in our circumstances.

My favorite psalm is Psalm 56. The writer feels lost, afraid, oppressed, sad, attacked. Can you relate? Have you ever been overlooked, uninvited, rejected, misunderstood, forgotten, abandoned, anxious, overwhelmed? 🙋‍♀️

There is hope. But it isn’t found in our feelings. It isn’t seen in our circumstances.

This I know… (Psalm 56:9)

Our hope is found in what we know. And the psalmist knew that God was for him.

Whatever you have going on today – whatever the new week brings – whatever pain you are trying to process – whatever loss still lingers – God is for you.

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