Confirmation…

Read Genesis 46
Focus on verse 2-4doubt

Making critical decisions is not y favorite thing to do. It ranks pretty close to the level of root canal in my hierarchy of favorites, but like root canal there are times when we realize it has to be done so we do it. I also always find it helpful in times when I have to make a decision, when I find some confirmation… a word from a wise person, an event that seems to confirm which way to go, something that gives me an indication of which choice is the right one.
Jacob had promised his father Isaac not to leave Canaan many years previous. I suspect that promise now lingered in his mind as he prepared to journey to Egypt. What a wonderful confirmation it must have been to him to receive this vision from God – confirming to him that God would go with him to Egypt – that this was part of Continue reading

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Sovereignty…

Read Genesis 45
Focus on verse 7-84F50CB21-86FD-4197-BA37-9297C69BEDCC-5684-0000111068760935

One of the great things about God’s sovereignty is that even those things that are done with evil intent in no way catch Him off guard, and He consistently turns them around to complete His purposes. There are many examples of this in scripture but few as clearly evident as this one. Joseph’s brothers’ jealous hatred motivated them Continue reading

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Feeling Guilty?

Read Genesis 44
Focus on verse 1632DCB53A-27A0-4632-8293-735B18435C72-5161-00000F9E9C9696B1

How many years has it been since Joseph was betrayed by his brothers? Perhaps 20 or 30 years and yet the guilt they feel has apparently not abated. One can imagine that quite possibly every time something bad would happen in the family at least Judah, if not all the older brothers may have thought to themselves… “this is God’s Continue reading

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Dream On…

Read Genesis 43
Focus on verse 26AD3D25AC-96F0-4421-BB9A-89ECA13657F2-2199-000006C1522B507B

When I was in elementary school, I remember at least one time when my teacher had written in my report card to my parents, “…he tends to day-dream a lot.” Somehow I don’t think it was meant as a compliment at the time, but rather a way of saying “he doesn’t seem to be able to pay attention”. In retrospect I am thinking Continue reading

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A Story of Grace…

Read Genesis 42
Focus on verse 7-95248530B-EFEF-4F36-B6FC-EBA981BCBAC7-4507-00000DB55FA7775A

My brother and I had our share of disagreements as we were growing up together, but beyond his suggestion to my mother to take me back to the hospital when she first brought me home, I can’t think of a single time (at least that I know of) that he tried to sell me as a slave or tossed me in a well to die. Continue reading

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Why?

Read Genesis 41
Focus on verse 38-40AD063DBC-C76A-4D7C-BB08-B3FF7CAC9C1E-4363-00000D6A5527A132

I do not always understand why things happen…I don’t deserve the good things and I’m not sure I’ve earned the difficult ones. It can be particularly frustrating when we make our best effort to do what we believe is right expecting to be rewarded, and things do not go as we expect. It is at these times that our faith is tested. Will we Continue reading

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I had a dream…

Read Genesis 40
Focus on verse 830DBAE10-4308-4439-A895-C1DD8B3B32D7-3921-00000C704E6CD33E

Most of the dreams that I have had would seem to be a hodgepodge of thoughts and experiences rattling around in my head while I sleep. Every once in a while I have a dream that I actually remember… occasionally these cause me to wonder if there may be more to them than just random thoughts. Continue reading

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