Exodus 2-3

Exodus 3:11-12

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“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘But I will be with you.'”

When God describes the land He will give to His people after escaping the Egyptians, Moses questions who he is to undertake this brave endeavor. God’s response is perfect; I will be with you. Moses had nothing to do with God’s plan to rescue the Israelites from oppression other than being obedient to it. God promised that He would go with him and that it would be His strength and sovereignty that would make it happen.

When God calls us to do something, it has nothing to do with us. We are not strong enough, brave enough, or wise enough to make it happen. But when we lean into God’s power in obedience, He will be with us supplying the strength, bravery, and wisdom we lack.

Lord, when You call me to a task, help me to recognize that Your call is a promise to be with me. What an amazing promise that is. Thank You for using me-simple me-to fulfill Your perfect purposes.

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 50 – Exodus 1

Exodus 1:8

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“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”

Joseph and his family enjoyed favor in the eyes of men under the Pharaoh who worked with him. But when a new ruler takes power, Israel no longer benefits from that relationship. It seems as if God’s promise to Jacob will be thwarted- the new Pharaoh has taken power and wants to enslave the numerous men of Israel.

We know that God’s promise ultimately prevails. Despite a transfer of power, God’s plan is sovereign. The leadership of government may impact us, but it doesn’t change God’s plan nor the final outcome. Our trust is in Him and not in men.

Lord, help me to remember that my first allegiance is to You. Rulers can come and go, but it is ultimately Your plan ad message that reign supreme.

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 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

 

Genesis 33 & 35

Genesis 33:4

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“But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.”

Jacob fears his reunion with Esau, but he is surprised to encounter Esau with such love and forgiveness.

When people wrong us or even suggest doing so, we have the tendency to think their actions are who they are and that they won’t change. But Jacob prayed to the LORD; he wrestled with God for a blessing, and in this passage we see his faith rewarded. Esau has changed and is eager to welcome his brother back after much discord- even though Jacob wronged him! People can change, but we have to give them opportunities to show us rather than writing them off.

LORD, help me to see people like You do. Help  me to truly love others and to believe in second chances and changed hearts.

Next Week’s Reading Schedule:

1/30: Genesis 27-28

1/31: Genesis29-30:24

2/1: Genesis 31-32

2/2: Genesis 33 & 35

2/3: Genesis 37

 

Genesis 31-32

Genesis 32:9-10

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“O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness you have shown to your servant.”

In this passage, Jacob praises God for His provision and requests protection when he encounters Esau. He recognizes that he has done nothing to merit God’s favor, but he also remembers how God has been faithful to his ancestors.

In sharp contrast, entitlement is rife in our modern culture. We think that we deserve the best for no particular reason and that when something doesn’t go our way we’ve been wronged. We fail to recognize our dependence on God and all the blessings He has given us. Perhaps even worse than this, we are servants to our gratification rather than servants of God. Like Jacob, we must acknowledge that we don’t deserve God’s blessings and give Him praise

Lord, help me to stop to thank You for what You’ve done for me before asking for more. Help me to recognize that I don’t deserve anything, but that all I have is Yours.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

1/30: Genesis 27-28

1/31: Genesis29-30:24

2/1: Genesis 31-32

2/2: Genesis 33 & 35

2/3: Genesis 37