Genesis 46:30-47:12

Day 78

About God?

God is the coordinator of every detail, right down to a job for the shepherds.

About Me?

God has invited me to a new “land”.  I welcome His blessing and the work He has given me to do.  I think some of it might be tough so I want to remember this is the place He has prepared for me.

About the World?

New Year ahead – may you find God’s blessings.

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Genesis 46:1-29

Day 77

About God?

God will carry out His plan of redemption with those He has chosen, rag tag army might they be, until all He has planned is completed.

About Me?

Lord, keep me true to what you have shown me about my own journey…wherever it may lead.

About the World?
If God is moving you around, it’s for a reason.

Genesis 45:16-28

Day 76

About God?
God is the giver of every good gift.  If He gives we should appreciate and enjoy.

ABout Me?
Don’t squander the joy by trying to measure up to deserve it.  It’s all about grace.

About the World?
Joy is fleeting but to be savored.

Genesis 45:1-15

Day 75

About God?
God’s forgiveness works complete and total restoration between us.

About Me?

There is famine all around and within me, but I need to remember, today I live in Goshen where God promises to provide everything I need.

About the World?
Self-crucifiction cannot earn forgiveness.  Forgiveness comes from repentance.  It’s just that simple.

Genesis 43:16-34

Day 73

What impressed me today was Joseph’s household.  His servant who replies, “Peace to you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has put treasure in your sacks for you.”

His words are so like the voices of angels when they have spoken, “Peace and do not be afraid!” followed often by some pronouncement of blessing…a child, a treasure.

About God?

He sends his servants to speak “Peace to you, do not be afraid….for unto you is born this day, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

About Me?

Sometimes I must choose Peace over fear, acceptance over control, recieving over giving, being over doing and joy…no matter how fleeting. Choose Joy!

About the World?
Joy, to the world, the Lord has come!

Genesis 43:1-15

Day 72

About God?
When we are in denial about our real situation, God waits with us…ready to respond when we are finally ready to call on HIm.

About Me?
Lord you are with me always, my constant companion but in my muddled life I forget.  Remind me when I’m about to go my own way.

About the World?
Lord, many in our world today are starving…physically starving and spiritually starving…God, the Almighty One, have mercy on them.

Genesis 42:18-37

DAY 71

About God?

God reveals Himself to us even when we have sinned.  In fact it is His desire to love us well, that calls us – draws us – to repent and recieve His love.

About Me?

My choices – for good or bad – are what allow me to see how all encompassing God’s love truly is.

About the World?
Every life is a journey towards God.

Genesis 42:1-17

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So I guess there are two tests going on here.  Joseph is pressing his brothers to reveal their true character.  Are they still self-serving and vindictive or changed men?

And God is testing Joseph.  This is the pinnacle of Joseph’s training. How will he respond under this pressure?  Will he take revenge or will he trust God?  Will he judge or will he have empathy with his brothers?

About God?
God chose to climb down into our human experience so He could show us true empathy with our plight.  That is what makes His rescue so compelling.

About Me?
Lord, help me be mindful of the things you have taught me so I will be ready to serve your purposes and not my own.

About the World?

True leadership demands standards higher than your own personal agenda.

Genesis 41:41-57

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About God?
God gives gifts to each of us because He plans for us to use them. Location – dungeon to palace – is not a factor.

About Me?
Lord, show me how and where to use the gifts you have given me in this moment.

About the World?
When the famine comes, God has a storehouse of provision.  Go to Him.