There were some great lessons learned from the study over the last few weeks. One lesson learned is that words are powerful; they can build us up or tear us down. The words of Joseph outraged his brothers. First in his report to their father about how they tended the flocks and then how he communicated a dream to them.
The dream of Joseph angered his brothers to a point of outrage so they threw Joseph into a cistern to die. One brother named Judah convinced them to sale Joseph to a caravan of Midianites on their way to Egypt.
Later in the study, Joseph was bought by one of the Pharaoh’s officials named Potiphar. The Lord was with Joseph so that there was success in everything he was put in charge of. He could interpret dreams which helping in planning for the future and his work habits were impressive so he was entrusted to manage the house of Potiphar and his fields for harvesting.
Eventually Joseph rose to a position of tremendous power in Egypt. The lesson is that the Lord speaks to us in many ways. He spoke to Joseph through dreams. Today, the Lord speaks to each of us through His Word. Let us invite Him into our soul and He will go with us anywhere, anytime, and any place.
Like Joseph who rose up from being a slave to a position of great power, we can be an overcomer even when things are stacked against us. Things will happen to all of us that should not and there will be people who owe us but forget to pay us back; even forgetting what we have done for them.
In the study of Joseph’s brother name Judah, we saw that his life was marked by tragedy and several scandals. Two of his sons died in rather strange ways and then he was tricked into a sexual encounter with his daughter-in-law who was posing as a prostitute. This resulted in the birth of twin boys who would carry out the line of Judah.
A lesson learned is that this world is built like a house of cards but one thing we can count on in the storms of life are the promises of God. These promises are built on truth and we can rest assured that they will be fulfilled. Within God’s Word, are given examples of how to live, give, and love. Examples that speak and teach; laying out a strong foundation upon which we can build our future.
It’s time now to continue the mission of this blog; going through the Word of God and discovering how to apply His Word in our life at work, at home, and within our neighborhoods. The below questions for reflection for the upcoming study are laid out below to help bring out some thoughts and ideas over the next two weeks.
What is the place of dreams in guidance? How does this event help Joseph? How does Joseph’s concern and ability to convey God’s thoughts affect Pharaoh? In what ways does your witness to those around you affect the world?
What circumstances bring about the meeting of Joseph and his brothers? How is Joseph testing his brothers? What kind of person is Reuben (see Genesis 35:22; 37:21-30)? What do you learn in this passage about God and His work through men to help you in your prayer life?
How is God dealing with Jacob? How is he responsible for his sons’ behavior and its present consequences? When others are given special treatment, are you able to rejoice with them?
In what way are Joseph’s dreams (chap. 37) fulfilled here? What is your attitude toward those questionable deeds of yours done in the past that no one knows about? Do you wait in fear for God’s retribution or do you confess them? What should be a Christian’s attitude toward sorrow?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast