Challenged to Follow God
Genesis 50:18-21 (NIV®)
His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
The purposes of God can bring significance to the challenges you face in life. Joseph’s father, Jacob, was one of the Patriarchs—a heavy-hitter in God’s story. But there was some major dysfunction in his family. Jacob played favorites with his children, and Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery. Through God’s providence, Joseph became the pharaoh’s right-hand man and eventually saved his brothers and their families from starvation during a famine. Joseph faced a lot of challenges, but he was always determined to honor his God. If we’re going about our daily tasks and facing our challenges with an attitude of, “God, I choose You. I want to honor You. I want to cooperate with You,” the purposes of God will come forth.
Heavenly Father, I choose You. I choose to honor and cooperate with You. I pray that Your Kingdom purposes would be accomplished in my days in the earth. Give me perseverance to keep my eyes on You when I face the challenges of life. In the midst of my circumstances, give me a revelation of Jesus that will bring meaning, hope, and a pathway toward freedom. May I always bring honor to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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