January 18 Genesis 44-46; Luke 18

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The passage of time…. | Nikki Metzger

S~ Then Judah stepped forward…..   Genesis 44:18a (NLT)

O~ You know this story?  Where Joseph gets sold as a slave, ends up in Egypt as second in command and then meets back up with his family.  Joseph tests his family by accusing his younger, full blood brother of theft.  As the family is discussing this with Joseph, Judah steps forward.

A~ Judah steps forward and speaks for his brothers.  Judah, not the eldest of the boys, but of the line that God choose His kings and Jesus Himself to come from.

Genesis 44:18-33 is Judah speaking.  Through his words, his sacrifice, wisdom just flows from him.

I know that wisdom comes from God, but what I see in Judah, is that God gives wisdom over time, not just in one download.

Sometimes, I’m in such a hurry to learn a lesson or get out of a season in my life.  God’s ways are not like that.  He sees time differently.

As I reflect on my life now, I’m overwhelmed at how much I still live in my flesh.  How selfish I really am and how stingy I can be with grace.  Then God lets me see Judah’s life through the story of Joseph….God changed Judah and put wisdom in his heart (just read Tamar’s story).

When I look back 5, 10, years ago, or even one year ago on my life….I’m amazed at what God has done!  He has straight up changed my heart, changed the way I think, and changed the way I see other people.  All this over time, just like He did with Judah.

P~ Thank You Lord for NEVER giving up on me!

Your Tapestry | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ But don’t be angry with yourselves that you did this to me, for God did it.  He sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.  Genesis 45:5 (NLT)

O~ Joseph just revealed to his brothers who he was. “Your brother whom you sold into Egypt” (verse 4).  And then he even tries to help them to be okay about it, recognizing God’s hand in it all.

A~ I so admire Joseph and how he entrusted his life to you.  My life is in Your hand also and I want to live this way- recognizing Your hand in my life.

P~ Heavenly Father, thank you for your guidance and how you are directing my life.  Help me to see your hand in my life and not let the curve balls throw me off.  You have a purpose for those curve balls.  Help me stay close to you always.

Focused Free Follower | Kim Chipman

S~ God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. Genesis 45:7 (NLT)

O~ Joseph. Sold into slavery by his brothers and time and time again people lied about him and treated him unfairly. No matter the situation he made the best of it. He didn’t complain about how unfair it was or blame others for his circumstances and justify pouting. In all circumstances he did what he could with diligence and resourcefulness for the Lord. No whining. No blaming. No entitled attitude that he didn’t deserve to suffer. He did everything possible to preserve his personal integrity and serve God. No excuses.

A~ I am so inspired by Joseph. It is easy for me to fall into a place of blame, entitlement, and feeling like a victim to circumstances beyond my control. The fact of the matter is that while many circumstances are out of MY control, none of them enter my life outside of Yours. You see it, allow it, sift it…I’m not a victim of some random cosmic activity. I am in a battle – a spiritual one – and You’ve already won. Like Joseph I can choose to serve You wherever I am and it whatever circumstances knowing that You have sent me. Through everything. It’s all from You. I can allow You to use me to influence many others or not. I can choose to be an entitled victim or a free follower focused on You – trusting Your master plan even when it makes no sense to me and it is not fair. I choose focused free follower. Use me!

P~ Thank you for including Joseph’s story in Your Word for me. Thank You for Your Word. Use me. I love You!

Keep Asking | Susan Aken

S~ Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1 (NIV)

O~ Jesus wanted to teach his disciples to always pray and not give up. He wants us to keep praying and asking until the answer comes.

A~ Jesus knew there would be times we would be tempted to give up praying for a certain person or situation because it seemed like no answer would come. He wants us to be like the widow in the parable who kept coming to the judge and would not give up. He wants us to keep asking and to ask in faith knowing He will answer. So, even if I have prayed for a particular person or situation dozens of times, I will keep asking and keep praying because I know God cares and He will answer.

P~ Thank you Father that you always hear my prayers and that you will answer. Thank you that you love us more than we can possibly comprehend. Please strengthen my faith.

Me, The Sinner | Kelley DeAses

S~  God, have mercy on me, a sinner.  Luke 18:13b (NIV)

O~  Jesus here is telling the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector “[t]o some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else.” v. 9   In the story, a Pharisee went into the temple to pray.  He stood up and proclaimed his own goodness by comparison to the sinful people around him.  But the tax collector wouldn’t even draw near nor look up to heaven as he humbly cried out the words of this verse.  Jesus told his listeners it was the second man’s humble plea which was heard and honored by the Father, not the puffed up display of the “religious” man.

A~  The night before last I had one of those moments which brought me face to face with my own sinful nature.  My little boy woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me he was having growing pains and wanted some medicine.  Since I haven’t been sleeping well lately , I was less than thrilled to be awoken when I was actually getting some good rest.  And so let’s just say I met his request with far less compassion and kindness than either of us would have hoped for and begrudgingly stomped downstairs for the children’s ibuprofen.  He soon settled back to sleep.  But what was running through my mind as I lay my head back down on the pillow was, “Love is patient.  Love is kind… It is not rude.”  I Corinthians 13:4-5.  I decided this passage would be my next memory verse so perhaps the words would spring to mind sooner next time I need to remember what love is and what love does.

P~  Father, I have certainly acted like this Pharisee before, comparing myself to others so I can say, “See, I’m not that bad.”  But I now feel like the tax collector, burdened by the depravity of my own heart.  But You say that is exactly where you want me, cognizant of my own sin and weakness and eager to turn to You for my help and rescue.

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