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Powered by 4 - May 29, 2017

Putting Off

Today's reading: Genesis 42:29-43:15

Procrastination--it happens to all of us at some point or another. Sometimes we're just lazy, but other times, we procrastinate because we're afraid of how a situation might turn out. That's what we see with Jacob when his boys (minus Simeon who's being held in Egypt) return with Joseph's demand that the youngest son be brought to Egypt. Jacob is not happy with what he hears. He doesn't want to comply because he's afraid of losing his youngest son Benjamin, whom Jacob believes is the only living son from his favorite wife, Rebekah. So Jacob puts off the request until the drought and food situation forces his him to take action. You see, Jacob doesn't see or understand that God is orchestrating things for his ultimate good. So in this situation, his procrastination served to prolong a wonderful revelation that Joseph was alive, as well as a precious reuniting of his family.

Do you struggle with procrastination? Is there something that God has placed on your heart to do that you're putting off today? What helps you take action once you know that God is asking you to help someone, step out and try something new, talk with someone, face a challenging situation, etc.? Tami

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