Colin's Wise Wednesday - 2nd October 2019

“The Lord was with Joseph”. Joseph was excommunicated by his brothers, to put it mildly, and ended up in Egypt sold as a slave. He had nothing but the clothes on his back and the call of God on his heart. Within a short while he was running the house of one the most powerful people in Egypt. How did he do it, how did this turnaround come about? In Genesis it tells us “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man” (v.2) “His master saw that the Lord was with him” (v.30) . God then blessed all that the “master” had “The blessing of the Lord was on all he had.” (v.5)

Did you notice that Joseph’s story parted company with all those self-help books with all the secret-to-success formulas for “digging deeper” his story points elsewhere to “looking higher”. He succeeded because God was with him. He did everything to the best of his ability and to the glorification of God’s name.  For the first time while reading these bible verses I realized that Joseph’s love for God rubbed off on other people and those people were also blessed by God’s grace.

Any chance God will do the same for you and me? Are you going through an Egyptian experience at present?  The situation feels foreign to you and you don’t know how to deal with it. You feel far from home, all alone. Been retrenched, money diminishing quickly. Expectations dashed and friends are disappearing as fast as your money. Who is left? GOD is. If Joseph’s story is any guide God can use our Egypt to show us that He is present. God has not moved  and He has promised His presence “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go” Gen 28:15, what a promise! You will never go where God is not.

 Visualize  your day ahead, where will you find yourself? At school? God is in the classroom. On the highway gridlocked with traffic? God’s presence lingers among the chaos. In the hospital operating room, lying in hospital waiting for healing, the executive boardroom, the unemployment line, the funeral parlor? GOD WILL BE THERE. “He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27)

Let’s pray: God You are all I want, You are all I ever needed. Help me to know You are near. Please God let my love for You be infectious, like Joseph’s was, so that it can rub off on those around me, In Jesus name. Amen

God bless and please take care ~ Colin & Lyn

Note: Thanks to Max Lucado’s new book God Will Carry You Through, for the inspiration for this devotion.

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