Date: Saturday, June 14
Scripture: Genesis 50:15-21
Verse: You planned something bad for me, but God produced something good from it, in order to save the lives of many people, just as he’s doing today. (Genesis 50:20)
Some motivational speakers are very good at getting us to dream big dreams, shoot for the stars, name it and claim it, or some other catchphrase they can copyright. The sentiments are intended to motivates us to follow our dreams even when they don’t seem achievable. While I don’t think God is in the business of giving us everything we want, I think we would do well to remember and count on the promises God makes to us through Jesus.
There was a time when I used to preach on today’s text and say something like, “Notice how Joseph does not say God was bringing good out of this (Gen. 50:20, hence the 50/20 vision) when he was in the cistern or in the caravan on his way to Egypt. He doesn’t say it as a slave in Potiphar’s house, nor does he say it from prison. It is only at the end that he can say God was producing something good out of all of this.” Today, I’m not so sure he didn’t believe it all along.
I wonder if Joseph thought about the bundles of grain dream when he was in the cistern, or the stars one during his trip to Egypt (see Genesis 37:1-11). I wonder if God gave him more dreams of who he would be while he was in prison, but by then he had learned not to talk about them anymore. My guess is Joseph remembered those promises throughout his life.
You’ve probably not had a dream to tell you about your future, or where you will end up, but we have the promises of God in Jesus Christ on which to lean. Through Jesus we know that God loves us, and is on our side. We know he never leaves us nor forsakes us. We know that all things work together toward good. We know one day His Kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. When life is rough and we are struggling, we need to remember the promises of God. Joseph had his dreams. We have Jesus. God is good!
Prayer: Thank you God for the gift of Jesus, who reminds me you have plans for me. Amen.
Action: Find a promise of Jesus in the Bible, and commit to memorizing it.
Respond: What dream/catch-phrase/quote/idea/promise motivates you to keep going when things are tough?
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