Genesis 48-49

Genesis 48:3-4

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“And Jacob said to Joseph, ‘God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.'”

In his dying moments, Jacob transfers the message of God’s blessing to his sons. This promise is his legacy.

We all want to be remembered for something important, but the only lasting legacy resides in the promise of God. What is important is that His promise lives on through our children and grandchildren and that we nurture the faith of future generations. If we aren’t passing on a growing fervor for the Lord, we are wasting our efforts.

As a parent, help me to be mindful of the way I raise my children. Help me to be dedicated to growing them in relationship with You, Lord, as I grow in relationship with 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

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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

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

Genesis 42-43

Genesis 42:21

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“Then they said to one another, ‘In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.'”

Joseph’s brothers believe that their conduct regarding him and abandonment are the reason for their present misfortune. They carry guilt for their actions which taints their perception of reality- anything that goes wrong is directly related to selling Joseph.

When we sin, we carry that guilt with us, tainting our perspectives also. The choices we make today will follow us for years to come- for better or for worse.

LORD, help me to make wise decisions today that will have a positive impact in the future- not just for me and my family, but for those around me also.

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