Genesis 39:1-20 When we last saw Joseph, he had been betrayed by his brothers and sold to slaveowners who took him to Egypt. Today we are going to discover how God rewarded Joseph’s faithfulness and, at the same time, tested his faith just as God does with all of His children.
Genesis 39:20 through 40:23 Someone has said, “Nothing comes into the life of a child of God that has not first been filtered through the loving and perfect will of God.” Today, we will see that encouraging truth illustrated in the life of Joseph.
Genesis 41:1-49 It is impossible to judge where our life is going by one, single traumatic event. But, there usually comes a day when we are able to look back and say, “Now I understand.” Today, we are going to look at that day that changed Joseph’s life forever.
Genesis 41:45 – 42:38 The apostle Paul told Timothy that the two necessities for the Christian life are “Faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith” (1 Timothy 1:19). As the dramatic life of Joseph continues to unfold, we will discover the extreme measures God will employ to activate a conscience that has become hardened over the years.
Genesis 42:38 – 43:34 What is it that is preventing you from approaching God to receive all the gifts He wants to lavish upon you? Pride? Fear? In today’s account of the second trip Joseph’s brothers made to Egypt, we will see a marvelous picture of God’s grace available to those who lay aside their pride and fear and accept His invitation to “come and dine” at the “banquet of grace.”
While the basis of our salvation is God’s grace alone, the evidence of our salvation is our obedience to God. The story of how Joseph’s brothers and father reacted to Joseph’s forgiveness illustrates two ways God’s grace can change our lives.
Each one of us is trying to influence someone else — which makes us a “leader.” At the same time, each of us is following some kind of leader whether it is in the workplace, the church, or the family. What makes someone an effective leader worth following? The story of Joseph’s settlement of his family in Egypt and his continued leadership in the global famine answers that question.