READING: GENESIS 41
Two years after the incident with the butler and baker, the Lord troubled Pharaoh with a disturbing dream that cried out for an interpretation. It was then that the butler recalled Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams and informed Pharaoh about him. When Pharaoh summoned Joseph, the Hebrew’s fortunes changed suddenly and dramatically. Not only was he granted the ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, but he also was given the wisdom to know how to act in the most effective way to avert the disastrous consequences of the coming famine in Egypt. In the course of only a few hours, Joseph was elevated from imprisonment to the position of prime minister in Egypt.
Lord, You are able to bring a person or a nation down in a day and to raise them up suddenly at Your good pleasure. All things are in Your hands, and I want to learn to take this to heart when I find myself discouraged and disheartened.
Meditation passage: verses 16, 25, 28
From Handbook to Prayer
May the name of the Lord Jesus be magnified in my life. (Acts 19:17)
In view of God’s mercy, may I present my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is my reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal.
May I do no injustice in judgment, nor show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge my neighbor fairly. (Leviticus 19:15)
- Spiritual warfare
- The world
- The flesh
- The devil
- Growth in character
- Personal disciplines
- Physical health and strength
My activities for this day
O Lord, be gracious to us; we have hoped in You.
Be our strength every morning,
Our salvation in time of distress.
- The poor and hungry
- The oppressed and persecuted
- Those in authority
- Peace among nations
Current events and concerns
PROMISES OF GOD’S WRITTEN WORD
(2 Peter 1:4)
Some people view promises like the White Queen did in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass: “The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday—but never jam today.” That is, promises are made to generate hope; they’re not made to be kept. Austrian novelist Hermann Broch summarized this idea for the modern cynic: “What’s important is promising something to the people, not actually keeping those promises. . . . The people have always lived on hope alone” (The Spell).
Those viewpoints on promises should cause the Christian to shudder, for that is not God’s perspective at all. God does not promise to tease or to tempt; He promises to deliver! He has delivered much already, and by that we know He will deliver more in the future. God finds joy not so much in the promise itself, but in the promise that is fulfilled and received. Peter tells us that God’s great and precious promises have two powerful implications for our lives. First, when we receive these promises, we participate in the divine nature of God Himself. Second, when we accept the power of God’s promises, we escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Did God promise that we would be untouched by sin in the world? Not at all. But He did promise that we would share in His life, that we would receive His Spirit (Joel 2:28–29; Acts 2:16–21, 38), and that His law would be written upon our very hearts and minds (Jer. 31:31–34; Heb. 8:7–13). Jesus Himself promised He would remain with us by sending the Spirit who would live in us (John 14:16–17). God has fulfilled all of those promises. His Spirit has come and empowers us to live godly lives, resisting the temptations of this world. The fulfillment of these great and precious promises gives us absolute certainty of the promises yet to be fulfilled.
Don’t fall victim to the pie-in-the-sky view of promises. God’s word is as good as done the moment it is spoken or written. The only thing separating us from the realization of the last divine promise is God’s timetable—not His truthfulness.
He makes promises to give you hope; He fulfills them to give you joy.
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving God Completely
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 22:37–40)