Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Christianity is the only religion where the One true living God is near and living within His people.
Scriptures of the Day:
“The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.”
“The LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.”
Ever feel like God has forgotten you? I am sure Joseph can relate. Being thrown into a cistern with no water then sold as a slave to his ex-family – the Ishmaelites – was not exactly the appearance of favor by God.
After Joseph had climbed his way to a position of status with Potiphar, once again he was betrayed. Being thrown in prison for a deed he did not commit must have made him feel as if God was not taking care of him. How could God allow the wicked to prosper?
But it was in the dark dungeon that God spoke to Joseph and once again gave him favor. Joseph could not see all that God was doing, but that did not mean God wasn’t doing it.
His purposes were much higher than Joseph’s personal comfort and His plans were far superior to any that plan Joseph could have dreamed. Joseph might have thought the dreams he had meant solely that he would be in a position of power. Ultimately, it was not about Joseph, but about the salvation of all his people and the glory of God.
Our perspective is changed when we see how small our view is in light of God’s sovereignty. We might not understand why we have to suffer or why things have to happen the way they often do, but if our motivation is God’s glory and not our own selfish gain, then we begin to understand how amazing our living God is and how we can trust Him.
Joseph could not have imagined the methodology employed to save his people, but God sees everything. This same God also lives in each person who chooses to believe in Him and receive the gift of salvation. He chose to be with us when He came as a babe to offer His life for our sins and now He dwells in us and speaks to us through the Holy Spirit.
God desires relationship with His creation and has gone to great lengths to demonstrate His love and faithfulness toward us. Right when Joseph’s life seemed jaded, the very next sentence God says He was with him. With him in the cistern. Chained with him in the dungeon. That is our God. He never leaves us and promises to be with us at all times. He truly is Emmanuel – God with us – and worthy of all praise!
Lord, thank you for loving us and making a way that we could have fellowship with You. your love is extravagant. How You brought the Holy and unholy together never ceases to amaze me. Thank You for living inside me and teaching me daily, moment by moment.