By May 18, 2020 Daily Devotionals

May 18, 2020

Prayer: You are a good God and we praise your name! Please keep us focused on your goodness through times of uncertainty.

Scripture: And we know that for those who love God all things work for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV

Throughout all of scripture God has woven a narrative of who He is and how He loves us. This story is filled with sacrifice, love, mercy, correction, and eternal hope. Satan also has spread his narrative throughout history. His story fills our minds with doubts and fears. His voice can lead us to believe that God has forsaken us, abandoned us, and forgotten us. He is screaming this message into our world today.

God’s narrative is as true today as it was at the beginning of time. We can see evidence of this in the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Joseph was loved by his father Jacob. He was given the gift of interpreting dreams. One of his dreams offended his brothers, so they sold him into slavery. While serving, he was falsely accused by his master’s wife and thrown into prison. He was left in prison for many years. While there he was able to interpret the dreams of two prisoners who just happened to work for the pharaoh. After one of them was released, he shared with the pharaoh about Joseph’s gift after the leader was concerned with one of his dreams. Joseph interpreted the dream and was put in a position of authority and ultimately was used by God to save Egypt from a terrible famine. In the end he also saved his own brothers from starvation and restored his family and the people of Israel.

Some say that the time from Joseph being sold, to being put into a place of authority was over 15 years. That was a lot of time waiting to see the fulfillment of God’s plan.  I am sure that the enemy spoke messages of doubt, fear, and abandonment to Joseph. But one thing that we discovered was that Joseph put his trust in God. When Joseph got out of his dark place, he recognized the Lord and what He had done for him. In Genesis 50:20 he says to his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

Joseph’s story reminds us that we can never judge God in the middle of a situation. We can only judge him on the other side. We have hope in God’s narrative today. We face many unknowns. Much of what we have put our hope in has been shaken. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In the middle of the storm let’s be reminded that God is good and trust that He will reveal great things on the other side of this chaos.

Copyright: Heather Kohnen. Email – hkohnen@ceai.org

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