Genesis 50:14-26

Day 85

And so  85 days in the book of Genesis ends with Joseph, always the living in God’s dream,  looks beyond his own life to the next rescue God has planned for His people.

About God?

God cannot accept our payment for our own sin.  He extends mercy, grace and forgiveness through our brother, Jesus.

About Me?

When I am fearful I need to remember to step back and look at God’s big picture to gain perspective.

About the World?
Let us choose forgiveness and lay down our fear.

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Genesis 50:4-13

Day 84

About God?
God takes special notice when one of His own takes up residence in heaven.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Ps 116:15

About Me?
Today I will watch for the many ways God blesses me and I will do my best to recieve those blessings…which I am not always so good at.

About the World?
Ever considered your legacy?  Not what people think of you, but what “good” you have left behind?

Genesis 49:29-50:3

Day 83

As sons and daughters, Lord,  how will we know what to do that is right and best for our parents?

We will pray.  We will gather information.  We will share openly what we know.  We will trust You.

About God?

God can be trusted with our living and our dying.  God can, and will, lead us, even in the darkest and most impossible journey.  Obstacles are a mere shadow to Him.  He knows the way.

About Me?

Today I will pray and continue to pray for the ability to trust God with the decisions about Dad’s living arrangements.

About the World?

Love well.

Genesis 49:1-28

Day 81

About God?
At the name of Jesus, the Lion of Judah, every knee shall bow.

About Me?
The word for the day is “choices”. Failure is inevitable.  The choice? repentance or resistance.

About the World?

“Know the good.  Do the good.  Love the good.”  – from Karen Elizabeth’s post @ If:Equip 1/6/15

Genesis 48

Day 81

About God?

God is faithful to everything generation.

About Me?
Today I am reminded of two of the blessings God has given me through others. I’ll spend some time today considering their meaning in my life.

About the World?

The God of the Universe has a blessing for you.

Genesis 47:26-31

Day 80

So Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt, and it stands to this day, that Pharaoh hould have the fifth…

Pretty bold of the Bible, a book thousands of years old to make such a statement, “it stands to this day”..  I guess it could be seen as still in effect at the time Moses wrote Genesis..which probably wasn’t that far from when it actully became law.  But it made me curious so I Googled it…  This article is from 2013 and the Government of Egypt is still in the grain business big time.  It subsidizes farmers and distributes practically free bread to the country.  Of course some things have changed but as recently as the 90’s the idea that the government would stop –  caused riots in the streets.

Even the World Grain website tells the story of the Bible as to how this came about.
http://www.worldgrain.com/News/News%20Home/Features/2013/4/Egyptian%20governments%20role%20in%20wheat.aspx

About God?
God has appointed for everything a season – a time to live and a time to die – and it is important to honor both times well.

About Me?
In my dying, may the promises I extract bring comfort and peace to those left behind.  I’m going to be just fine! That’s why they call it “going home.”

About the World?
Is this world your home or are you just passing through?

Genesis 47:13-25

Day 79

About God?

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.  2 Cor. 9:10

About Me?
Lord, help me to honor the purpose of the seed you have given me today and sow with abandon!

About the World?

I am a beggar among beggars…I have simply found where to get bread.

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.

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.