Exodus 6-7

Exodus 7:13

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“Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.”

Even after seeing God’s power by the staff-turned-serpent, Pharaoh refuses to heed God’s word through His messengers. He didn’t want to believe in the God of the Israelites.

It is possible to see God work and not acknowledge Him or praise Him for it. This can happen from a lack of attention, or as in this case, a desire not to believe in God. Like the magicians who replicate the miracle by unknown means, we can explain away God’s power to fit our perception of the world, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t God or that He doesn’t have the power.

God, help me to be aware of Your power at work and to praise You for it. You are our Almighty Father, and my understanding doesn’t limit your capability.

Next Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/20: Exodus 8-9

2/21: Exodus 10-11

2/22: Exodus 12

2/23: Exodus 13:17-14

2/24: Exodus 16-17

 

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Exodus 4-5

Exodus 4-5

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“For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”

After speaking with Pharaoh unsuccessfully the first time, Moses questions why God went him. Nothing good has come from his efforts.

In the middle of God’s plan, things can get complicated. It may even seem as if we’re failing. But God has the vision, the blueprints, and the omniscience; He will see the plan through, and He will see us through. Our job is to be faithful and obedient to Him, but it may take time.

Thank You can that I can trust You, Father. You see the days ahead of me and while they may not be easy, they are yours and they will bring me closer to You. Give me faith to trust in You.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/13: Genesis 48-49

2/14: Genesis 50-Exodus 1

2/15: Exodus 2-3

2/16: Exodus 4-5

2/17: Exodus 6-7

Genesis 46-47

Genesis 46:3-4

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“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

Genesis 44-45

Genesis 45:5

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“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

Genesis 41

Genesis 41:16

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“Joseph answered Pharaoh, ‘It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.'”

Pharaoh asks if Joseph will be able to interpret his dreams and Joseph says that God will answer Pharaoh’s request. Rather than taking credit for the previous interpretations, Joseph is quick to give credit to God. He relies on God rather than his own abilities, though it would have been easy to take credit in hopes that doing so would free him from prison.

We too need to rely on God rather than ourselves- even when it seems like God isn’t doing anything. Joseph sat in prison for two years waiting for God to help him. We may be waiting, but we can never wait too long for God’s perfect timing.

LORD, help me to lean on You for every need at every moment. In myself, I am incapable of success, but with you anything is possible.

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

Genesis 39-40

Genesis 39:21

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“But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”

Though Joseph has wrongly been thrown in prison, the LORD is still with him and orchestrates events. As we learned with Job, a fall from success does not mean a fall from God’s favor. Joseph is right where God needs him to be.

When our circumstances change for the worse, we wonder why God would allow these problems into our lives. But like Joseph, we must keep faith and trust that even the most difficult of circumstances can be used for our benefit and God’s glory if we keep our focus on Him.

LORD, help me to keep my eyes on You, even when my circumstances make me try to rely on myself. Help me to trust You and seek Your will.

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

Genesis 37

Genesis 37:10

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“But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, ‘What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?'”

Joseph shares his second dream with his family though the first merited their disdain. Even his father who favors him rebukes him as a result.

It can sometimes be difficult to share the truth with others, especially when that truth is unpopular. But by Joseph’s example, we ought to share it lovingly. In his case, the facts were enough for his family to analyze them; he didn’t have to spell out the meaning of the dreams. Joseph believed his visions were from God and he didn’t back down when God prompted him to speak. Neither should we.

LORD, give me courage like you gave Joseph to speak truth. Help me to have confidence in my identity in You and what You speak to me.

Next 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