Genesis Chapter 39
Lord, I know that I mess up every single day. Multiple times a day. I am a mess trying to make it through this life. I thank you that you are always here with me. Today, I ask that you speak to me through your Word, and empower me by your Spirit to turn your Word into action in my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
This Chapter reminds me of a lot of my failures and shortcomings. Joseph was much closer to God than I feel that I am. What I mean is that Joseph was much more aware of the presence of God in his life than what I am. Joseph easily walked away from temptation. And that is one of the reasons that he so easily did this is because he was completely aware of the power and presence of God in his life.
That definitely makes a difference on how we handle things.
For being obedient and doing the right thing, Joseph received prison for his reward!
Joseph picked up his cross and carried it with pure joy in the toughest of situations. He didn't complain, he didn't get angry at God, or give up because of the negative consequences he was experiencing for being obedient to God.
I truly believe that when God sets us apart for great things, there are great trials that are ahead for us to face. If we are completely aware of God's presence in our lives, and we are obedient and prosper through any situation because we trust God - then God knows we can rightfully take the spot of privilege that He has raised us up to take.
I believe that is what I am seeing through this chapter.
I need to remember that in my own life. I am so quick to blame God, or I'm quick to give up when things get tough. I sometimes do not finish things that I start - especially when they get tough or hard. Joseph reminds me that no matter what I am going through that I should always do my best.
And one way that I can be encouraged to do my best is to be aware of God's presence in my life. Fully trust Him and be obedient through every single thing that I may face (The blessings - and the struggles)!
Old habits die hard to me, so I really need to drive what I wrote into my mind. I see that Joseph was completely aware of God's presence in his life, but everyone around him was aware of it also. Verse 3 says, "Potiphar noticed that the Lord was with Joseph."
Potiphar probably didn't even know anything much about God, but he was aware of God's presence in Joseph's life.
That is powerful to me, because I don't think many of the people that I'm around would say that about me.
So my application is that I am going to start trying to turn my words into action. What I mean is that, I talk to God, I study my Bible, but when it comes to living the Bible - not so much. I am reminded that for some people, I am the only Bible that they may ever have the chance to read. So, it is extremely important for me to be aware of the presence of God in my life. The more I become to realize that and to trust that, the more I will be able to be obedient.
Be Encouraged, Chris