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Friday, January 15, 2010

Doing Time

Week Three's readings are listed at end of this post.

Genesis 40:1-23, Genesis 35:28-29, Genesis 41:1-57

In today's readings we see the Dreamer became the Interpreter.  But I want to go back to some of the last verses from yesterday. 

Genesis 39:21 says But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him His faithful love.

This week has been heartbreaking for me for two reasons.  

First, the devastation coming out of Haiti is just horrific.  There is nothing we can do tangibly, but we can support them with our prayers and monetary efforts.

Second, I have had a couple of very close friends go through some of the most difficult dark days.  There is nothing I can do but pray for them and love them.  And I have.

When I look at the situation with the people of Haiti and my two friends I see that they are not of their making.  Nothing they have done warrants their situations. 

Sometimes, even when you do all things right, you will find yourself in a prison.

Which is why I want to go back to yesterday's reading... 

But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him His faithful love.

When in the prisons of life people ask Where is God now?  Where is God in Haiti?  Where is God in my hardship?

I am happy to report God is on the ground in Haiti.  He is there in the form of doctors, nurses, missionaries, the Red Cross, World Vision.  Oh yeah, God IS there.

And in my friends' lives, and in your life?  God is there too.

There is one point I want to make today and that is this, Don't waste your time while in the prison. 

We saw today that Joseph didn't.  How easy it could have been to host his own pity party.  After all, he is doing time for doing the right thing.

But instead he chooses to work hard and is faithful to those over him and favor finds him... even in the deep dark prison.

I love how Joseph handles himself with integrity and does not waste his time while doing his time.

If you find yourself in any kind of prison today, use your time wisely.   Refuse to be a victim of your circumstances. 

Today we also saw that the baker and the cup-bearer forgot Joseph.

When others forget you God is always with you.

The people of Egypt did not even know who Joseph was until Pharaoh put him in charge of everything.  He who was once nameless is now famous.

Joseph was faithful with little and now, he is ruler over everything.  That is just what God can do. 

He can take you from a prison to a palace in an instant.  But I believe the key was Joseph's honesty, faithfulness, and integrity while doing his time.  

AND I believe if you do the same things too, you who were faithful with little will become rulers over so much more.

Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord!
Matthew 25:23




Week Three
January 15
Genesis 40:1-23, Genesis 35:28-20, Genesis 41:1-57

January 16
Genesis 42:1 thru 45:15

January 17
Genesis 45:16 thru 47:27

January 18
Genesis 47:28 thru 50:26

January 19
Job 1:1 thru 4:21

January 20
Job 5:1 thru 7:21

January 21
Job 8:1 thru 11:20

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