January 25, 2017 Genesis 44,45; John 15:18-16:24

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It was not you, but God, all along | Kelley Deases

S~ So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. Genesis 45:8 (NIV)

O~ Whether Joseph had just figured this out for himself, or was just articulating it for the benefit of his brothers, this is quite a profound revelation. To come to realize we are not mere victims of circumstance or of other people’s bad choices, but are able to see God’s hand working through it all, this is where we want to arrive in our hearts. It helps us appreciate how small we really are and how small, too, are those who would betray, belittle, or bring harm to us, and how big is the God who transcends it all and turns it for our good (if we allow it).

A~ I can still remember the moment. I was sitting in an adult Sunday school class some time after my first husband left our family to pursue another relationship, the divorce was long since final, and I was in the season of singleness and raising a son mostly all on my own. In this class, we were studying Joseph’s life and someone read aloud Genesis 50:20, which is very similar to this verse I’m reading today, Genesis 45:8. Joseph tells his brothers that it was God who put all those events into motion, however horrible and confusing for Joseph for so long, so He could accomplish His purposes. I started to cry right then and there in class that day. I think it marked a shift in my heart and my healing to be able to see how God had used even my husband’s sin and betrayal for the eventual good of me and our son. We both were forced to find our hope and strength in the Lord and were delivered out of a home governed by selfishness, greed, and marital infidelity.

P~ Father, It is good to remember how far You have delivered us. That it has been You all along and not random choices and circumstances directing our lives. I am so grateful for this new Promised Land you have given me; it is so much better than the life I tried to orchestrate for myself.

Am I ready to listen? | Deanna George

S~ I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. John 16:12 (NIV)

O~ Jesus knew their limitations of what they could comprehend and absorb.

A~ The other night I was driving my 7 year old home from wrestling practice. I was extremely tired even before we went, so I was not in the correct state of mind for what insured on the way home. My sweet little boy decided he needed to talk nonstop for the 17 minute drive home. I was secretly thankful for the short drive because I could not focus on his rapid fire speech that changed topics every few minutes. I’m sad to say that I have no idea what he really talked about. I just couldn’t concentrate on what he was saying. What did I miss? This scripture hit me hard. How many times has God had more to say to me, but I wasn’t capable of hearing it? It took a sweet little voice to remind me to slow down, clear my mind, and listen ~ really listen!

P~ Lord Jesus, thank you for using my response to my little guy to point out that you have more to say to me. I want to hear all that you want to say. Please help me to calm down and be receptive to you. I really need the help when I am going about my day. I get caught up in the to-do list. Please keep talking to me and I will try my best to have ears that hear and a heart that is open and receptive to you.

My GPS | Kim Chipman

S~ But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. John 16:13a (NIV)

O~ This is Jesus talking about the Holy Spirit.

A~ This promise is sweet to me today. Often this world is messy. Discerning truth is hard amidst all the smoke and mirrors of deception. The Spirit is within me, though, as a believer. If I remain connected He will guide me into all truth. I don’t need to figure it out, find it, discern it…nothing on my own. Just tune into the Holy Spirit and He will guide me. Like my own personal GPS.

P~ Thank you for making a way for me to find truth. I need You!

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