January 20

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

Because God knows the future, He knows the ups and downs that lay around the corner. Have you ever thought that there are some things for which God is trying to prepare you?

Pharaoh had a series of dreams and Joseph was asked to interpret them. Joseph boldly told Pharaoh that God had a plan. He wanted the Egyptians to use the 7 years of plenty to prepare for 7 years of famine. And, they were to manage things so well that the abundance of the 7 years of plenty would sustain them for the 7 years of famine. Just as God said, Joseph did and Egypt became the storehouse for the entire region.

God knows what lies ahead and He is always trying to get us prepared to face the challenges that come. Are you bold enough to not only hear what God says but act on it so that you can be prepared when things happen. You may have received a little nudge concerning something. Sensing that God is leading you in a new direction but never acting on it is dangerous for your future.

God knew the financial calamities of the past several years were on the way. He was trying to warn us so that we would be ready. Some heard and prepared. Others did not. Repent for not listening and God will still help you. But, make a commitment that you will not miss another cue from God.

God is a Good Shepherd and He wants to guide us even in the difficult times by preparing us ahead of time.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 42:18-43:34; Matthew 13:47-14:12; Psalm 18:16-36; Proverbs 4:7-10