Joseph: Faithful to the End (Gen 49:29-50:26)

Will you be faithful to the very end? If you are a Christian, you most certainly will because your salvation is not dependent upon your faithfulness, but on the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Those who abandon their faith never had genuine faith (see 1 John 2:19-23). Those who are truly born again (John 3:3) willContinue reading “Joseph: Faithful to the End (Gen 49:29-50:26)”

Joseph: Faith Accepts the Unexpected (Gen 46-48)

Does God always do what you expect Him to do when you expect Him to do it? If we are honest, the answer is an emphatic “No”. This is because God is not as interested in our schedule (or to-do list) as He is His own. Our God—who “works all things according to the counselContinue reading “Joseph: Faith Accepts the Unexpected (Gen 46-48)”

Joseph: Forgiveness Instead of Vengeance (Gen 43-45)

It has been said that revenge is a dish best served cold. I am not sure if that is true, but I do know that it is a dish that does not satisfy. Revenge may feel good, but the good feeling sours quickly. In fact, revenge never satisfies. Vengeance is a trap of the DevilContinue reading “Joseph: Forgiveness Instead of Vengeance (Gen 43-45)”

Joseph: According to Plan (Genesis 41)

Knowing that God is in control might not make your circumstances any easier, but it will make it easier to endure your circumstances. For example, Joseph knew that God was in control of his life. Even though it did not make his time in an Egyptian dungeon any easier, knowing that God is in controlContinue reading “Joseph: According to Plan (Genesis 41)”

Joseph: A Guilty Conscience (Genesis 42)

A guilty conscience must not be ignored. A guilty conscience is the result of unresolved guilt and unresolved guilt manifests itself in misery. Two famous literary examples of guilt are found in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In The Tell-Tale Heart, a guilty man hears the heartbeat of the manContinue reading “Joseph: A Guilty Conscience (Genesis 42)”

Joseph: Ministering in Misery (Genesis 40)

Are you a fair-weather fan? Fair-weather fans only show their support during the good times. For devoted fans, being called a fair-weather fan is an insult. They might reply: “I support my team win or lose because I’m committed!” A more important question is: “Do you have a fair-weather faith?” In other words, is itContinue reading “Joseph: Ministering in Misery (Genesis 40)”

Joseph: Resisting Temptation (Genesis 39)

Out of the frying pan and into the fire! When we last left Joseph, his brothers—who hated him—came very close to killing him. They resented him for being the favorite child and for his dream of being their ruler one day. They relented on murder, however, and decided instead to sell him into slavery toContinue reading “Joseph: Resisting Temptation (Genesis 39)”

Joseph: Cherished Son; Despised Brother; Beloved of God (Genesis 37)

The Story of Joseph Cherished Son; Despised Brother; Beloved of God (Genesis 37) God has a wonderful plan for your life! God’s wonderful plan includes “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23), “persecution” (2 Tim 3:12), “hardships…affliction”, (2 Cor 4:9), “great sorrow and unceasing anguish” (Rom 9:2). God’s plan for yourContinue reading “Joseph: Cherished Son; Despised Brother; Beloved of God (Genesis 37)”

My Day of Distress (Genesis 34-35)

It is good to have confidence in where you are going when you die, but it is also important to have confidence in where you are going when you are alive and in desperate need of help. One of my favorite hymns is “Trusting Jesus” by Edgar Stites. It is a hymn of faith as theContinue reading “My Day of Distress (Genesis 34-35)”

Forgiveness & Reconciliation (Genesis 33)

       A sure sign of Christian maturity is not how well you avoid conflict, but how you respond to conflict. For example, immature Christians are quick to take offense and slow to forgive and seek reconciliation; while mature Christians are slow to take offense and quick to forgive and seek reconciliation. Forgiving a personContinue reading “Forgiveness & Reconciliation (Genesis 33)”