January 19

Genesis 39:1-41:16; Matthew 12:46-13:23; Psalm 17:1-15; Proverbs 3:33-35

When we left Joseph, it appeared that he was moving away from his purpose/dream as he journeyed to Egypt as a slave. But, what we quickly saw today was that even in the most unlikely circumstances, Joseph was advancing.

What was Joseph’s secret to success when his dreams were on the line? He acted like God was with him! In everything Joseph did, he knew that God was seeing. He had a moral compass that would not allow him to be tempted to do evil (Potiphar’s wife). He lived a life of integrity so that wherever he went, he was trustworthy.

Did you notice how Joseph would not take credit for the things that God did through him? When Pharaoh gives him credit for interpreting dreams, Joseph immediately says that is God’s ability. He said the same thing to the Baker and the Cup-bearer.

Joseph also got along with others! Even though Joseph had every reason to be angry at the world because of his unfortunate circumstances, the Bible never records anger, resentment or even frustration. All of this positioned him to steadily move towards his purpose/dream.

When you live a life recognizing that God is with you all the time and you demonstrate dependence on him, integrity, morality (holiness) and character, God will propel you forward even from difficult situations!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 41:17-42:17; Matthew 13:24-46; Psalm 18:1-15; Proverbs 4:1-6

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