Friday, January 13, 2017
January 14 "It's Not Within Me" Genesis 41-42
"It is not in me, God must give it.’’ That's Joseph's response to the Pharaoh. "Great gifts appear most graceful and illustrious when those that have them use them humbly, and take not the praise of them to themselves, but give it to God. To such God gives more grace." Joseph gives goodwill to the man who has imprisoned him. What respect for the positions of the chief butler and the Pharaoh, both evil men. Let God deal with them. God has plans for Joseph and for you and for me for our betterment. Trust him in the dungeon. Even when the chief butler forgets you, once again, for two more years. Even when you think God may have forgotten. Trust in the dark days. Today is one of those for me I've been through cancer and rape and abuse. But nothing like what happened to me one Friday the 13th. Changed my life for the good forever. The eyes of the Lord run back and forth this whole earth to show Himself strong to any of us in dungeons or palaces. It's always within us to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, but that's not life. Providence is. And that's why Joseph chose to wait on God to be lifted up. It is the Providence of God working in my life and I couldn't be more grateful although I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel. There is enough Light to live well.
Photo: My city. God's eyes run back and forth.
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 10:00 PM