Genesis 46-47

Genesis 46:3-4

_Then he said, 'I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again._ Gen.png

“Then he said, ‘I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again.”

Jacob seeks God’s wisdom regarding the voyage to Egypt. God responds by not only promising to make a great nation from him there, but also to go with him.

So often we try to find solutions to our problems and concerns without even consulting God. From our limited perspective, it is difficult- if not impossible- to make good decisions. We neglect one of the greatest gifts in life: God’s guiding presence. We have the Holy Spirit within steering our thoughts and convictions if we allow Him to take control. Yet for some reason, we choose to trust our instincts and miss out on opportunities.

Thank You for Your guiding presence, Holy Spirit. Help me to tune into Your leading and to recognize Your power.

Next Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/6: Genesis 48-49

2/7: Genesis 50-Exodus 1

2/8: Exodus 2-3

2/9: Exodus 4-5

2/10: Exodus 6-7

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Genesis 44-45

Genesis 45:5

_And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life._ Genesis 45_5.png

“And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.”

When Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers, he doesn’t try to make them feel guilty for their sins against him. He recognizes that it is all part of God’s plan.

When we feel that we’ve been wronged, our response is often to make the one who wronged us “own” his or her error. Joseph’s example urges us to look beyond those actions to see how God has used them for good. More so, Joseph sees that he is part of a greater story; God used him to preserve the lives of the people because he was willing to be used.

LORD, help me not to have a spirit that seeks its own satsifaction. Help me to seek Your vision and Your greater plan.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/6: Genesis 39-40

2/7: Genesis 41

2/8: Genesis 42-43

2/9: Genesis 44-45

2/10: Genesis 46-47