Word of Encouragement for today: ” Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.”
We are laboring in the Word. We will enter the rest. We must not give up!
Genesis 41: “And the seven years of plenteousness …were ended.”
We see Joseph promoted to becoming the boss, but Pharoah. Men thight they had contained Joseph, but God confirmed His promise. Joseph believed God and God brought him to limelight!
“And the seven years of plenteousness…were ended.” There comes a time of plenty – probably the time of your youth when everything is fresh for you. One must watch how one handles resources in those times, as they say for “when the evil days come” things might be different. Be Wise!
Genesis 42: ‘Lest mischief befall him.’
Jacob, we see, has become wiser as we see he kept Benjamin back, ‘lest mischief befall him.” One must not sacrifice our loved ones just to satisfy his belly!
Also, Considering the brothers conversation in Genesis 42:20-21, we see how guilt always rears its ugly head. One is almost likely to think that the unfortunate situation they are in is as a result of their past actions! Remember that ‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are past away…’ and therefore, ‘Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience.’
We also see Reuben who has started to play the role of a first son – a role he should have played in the beginning.
Genesis 43: Speak the truth!
The brothers have started to speak the truth. Thankfully so. We must always speak the truth no matter the the consequences!
Moreover, Jacob is beginning to be make better family decisions. He agreed to have Judah stand as surety for Benjamin. Order was again to be in the family. Interesting how that when Reuben offered to stand in as a surety, Jacob refused. Why? He had probably lost his integrity in Jacob’s eyes. Sad. We must guard our integrity jealously.
Genesis 44: “My Lord.”
Did you see the brothers who were much older than Joseph refer to him as, “My Lord.”
When you start fulfilling your purpose in life, those that tried to stop you will eventually address you with respect.
Joseph fulfilled his dreams and so would you!
Psalm 11:3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
We must make sure your Christian experience is built on the right foundation!
God bless you!
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