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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wrongful Imprisonment

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

We often reference the difficult times of life as feeling as though we are in prison.  Maybe it’s because we are feeling trapped, bound and chained, and have lost all hope.

Whatever the reasons, if we are honest, some of our prisons are of our own making… but some of them are not.  Someone who can relate to the latter is Joseph. He knew exactly what the words wrongful imprisonment meant.

I'm not going to recap his entire prison story but I do want to point out for us today that he did not waste his time while doing his time.

Yes, he truly was a victim but he chose not to live like one and continuously honored God in everything. 

And it was through his lonely years of slavery and then imprisonment that he learned...

God is faithful when others aren't...

God will never leave you when others do...

God never forgets you when others have...

No matter what excuses you could use to take a back seat in life, honor God, even in dark days, for He's the only one with the power to not only bring you out, but elevate you to heights you never dreamed possible.  

Not just for your sake, but for the sake of others as we will learn tomorrow.

So my thought for you today is this, redeem the time no matter where you’re doing it.

God's faithful.

God's here.

And God's not forgotten you.

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

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