Set Back to Move Forward—Day 5

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Set Back to Move Forward-Day 5 Genesis 39: 1-23 Emphasis v19-23 As I conclude this week’s devotional series, we have sought to teach that following the Lord we don’t know where he might take us, or what we might go through, however, one thing is certain: The Lord is always with us and we must conduct ourselves accordingly. Joseph didn’t allow where he was to dictate the quality of his work. He excelled in Potiphar’s house and the prison. Joseph had God’s favor in both places and he behaved like it. Do we provide excellent service when we are in a place that is unpleasant? I have learned we don’t always perform at our best when we are in a place where we have limitations. Ouch. God is with us so he rightly expects our best: Our best work, our best attitude, and our best behavior no matter where we are. Although the Lord allowed Joseph to be on a roller coaster, both...

Set Back to Move Forward—Day 4

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Set Back to Move Forward-Day 4 Genesis 39: 1-23 Emphasis v19-23 I have been blessed to be married for twenty-one years to a woman who is my best friend, biggest supporter, and she has my back. Because she wants the best for me, she is always encouraging me. One way is; she often reminds me that, a preacher, pastor, or teacher must choose his words carefully when speaking or writing, because words are powerful and have meaning. Today, in our selected text the writer chose a word to help readers see God’s hand at work in Joseph’s life. That Hebrew word is nathan, naw-than. Three times the writer uses this word to help paint a picture for the readers. Potiphar put (nathan) Joseph in jail. The Lord extended kindness to him and gave (nathan) him favor. The jailer committed (nathan) to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners. The words put, gave, and committed all share the same...

Set Back to Move Forward—Day 3

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Set Back to Move Forward—Day 3 Genesis 39: 1-23 Emphasis, v19-23 There is a story within the Egyptian Canonical Compositions, “The Tale of Two Brothers.” This story closely parallels the events of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife’s dealings; however, a differing conclusion. The Egyptian story is about a man named Anubis who allowed his brother Bata to live with him and his wife. Bata’s character is described as being impeccable; he was also considered a strong, handsome man. One day Anubis’ wife attempts to seduce Bata, he refuses to give in to her encroachments. After being refused by Bata, Anubis’ wife decided to accuse Bata of both sexual advances and physical abuse. Hearing of this accusation infuriated Anubis, and he was determined to kill Bata. Bata ran to protect his life because he knew he was innocent of all charges. While pursuing his brother, Anubis...

Set Back to Move Forward—Day 2

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  Set Back to Move Forward—Day 2 Genesis 39: 1-23 Emphasis verses 19-23 As I prepared today’s devotional two things seized my attention: Joseph was a slave. And, Joseph had a master.  The Hebrew word for master, adon, aw-done’ means to rule or control; it gives the overall sense of a person who has authority over others. The Hebrew word for slave, ebed, eh´-bed, is a subordinate subject. Joseph was a man who not only lived in submission to another person, but this other person, his master, ruled and controlled him. As we examine the life of Joseph, it is readily apparent and clearly stated that Joseph was favored wherever he was. Whether under the custody of his brothers, Potiphar, or the Chief Jailer, God was always with him even while someone else was in charge. However, that didn’t stop God from being God and being able to influence that individual or situation for his...

Set Back To Move Forward

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Set Back To Move Forward Genesis 39:1-23 Emphasis, Genesis 39: 19-23 I once heard a story of a successful physician with a thriving practice, respected in his community and life was going well. Then it happened. God called him to missionary service in a distant foreign country. Wow! Life was good where he was, but now it was time to give it all up. He gives up his practice, sells his home, and leaves to begin his new life as a missionary physician. Far from home, he still has a day and a half hike through the rain forest to reach his ministry destination; the team stops in a small village to rest for the night and the physician realizes he left his snake net. Although a little apprehensive, he’s too exhausted and tries to get comfortable and prepares to rest. He begins to pray, “Lord, keep me safe through the night and allow no harm to come to me while I sleep.” Just after falling...