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Daily Devotionals

What A Comeback
May 22, 2020

But while Joseph was there in prison, the Lord was with him.
—  Genesis 39:21

Wow. The story of Joseph is amazing. What a comeback! From a pit to a prison to a person of great power in the palace of the king!

Joseph faced a lot of tough setbacks in his life. But as you read through his story recorded for us in Genesis, you see one clear truth woven throughout his whole life. You read this truth over and over as you read his life story. “The Lord was with him.” In the end, that made all the difference for Joseph. That truth can make all the difference for us as well. One other thing needs to be mentioned here that is also very important. God was not only with Joseph, but Joseph was aware of God’s presence. That was the secret to Joseph’s eventual come-from-behind victory.

For most of this story, Joseph was not where he wanted to be. He had been mistreated by his family. He was sold out for money. He was punished for doing the right thing. He was forgotten by people he had helped. He was in prison. But Joseph prospered in all of these situations with his God’s help.

Joseph did not need a new circumstance to receive the blessings of God. He did not really need a new location. God used him in great ways where he was. And then, one day, a big victory came Joseph’s way.

So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”
— Genesis 41: 41

Wow. What a comeback. From a pit to the palace.

I see three truths here that can benefit us all. If you are a child of God saved by his grace…

  • God is with you where you are.
  • God can bless you where you are.
  • God can use you to help others where you are.

If you have not asked God to forgive and save you, do it now. He can save, help and bless you today, wherever you are.

Daily Devotionals

Steadfast Love Is With Us
May 21, 2020

Genesis 39:21 tells us, “But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love.” This steadfast love is the Hebrew word hesed, one of the most beautiful words I have ever known. When I see that word, my heart jumps and tears sting my eyes. Truly. It’s that special. God’s merciful hesed is an ancient thing (Psalm 25:6). It was with hesed that God led His people out of Egypt, redeeming and guiding them (Exodus 15:13). God promised to show hesed to generations of people who love Him and who keep His commandments (Exodus 20:6). Our God abounds in faithful hesed, showing kindness upon kindness to anyone who chooses Him (Ruth 2:20; 3:10). The Bible reminds us over and over that the LORD is infinitely just, yet forgives the sin of those who belong to Him (Exodus 34:6—7; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9—10). God’s hesed endures forever (2 Chronicles 20:21).

Here’s the most amazing thing about hesed: it does not rely on my ability to be good. God’s hesed is about His character. It is about who He is, not about what I do. Because of the gift of salvation I have in Christ, I am free to live a bold, courageous life. I know that God’s steadfast love is with me, no matter what. Even when I mess up, God demonstrates hesed toward me. hesed is my constant companion, even in the face of trials that seem insurmountable. hesed empowers me to take risks, knowing that even when I fail, the steadfast love of the LORD will never leave me. Knowing that God is with me comforts me. Knowing that God’s hesed is with me means that I no longer need to fear rejection or cower in shame. I can trust the steadfast love of the LORD above all else.

In the midst of this pandemic, we need to trust God’s hesed. It can be especially helpful in times like these:

“But I, through the abundance of your hesed, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me” (Psalm 5:7—8).

“Wondrously show your hesed, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 17: 7—8).

“I will rejoice and be glad in your hesed, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place” (Psalm 31: 7—8).

In the midst of this pandemic, let’s also celebrate God’s hesed. Let gratitude wash over you as you read these verses:

“But I have trusted in your hesed; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me” (Psalm 13:5—6).

“All the paths of the LORD are hesed and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies” (Psalm 25: 10).

“Surely goodness and hesed shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6).

Thank you, LORD, for the hesed you never stop showing your children. Thank you that your steadfast love is available to all who trust Christ! Help us to live courageously, empowered by the security of your hesed. It will overflow forever, and we can rest in it every day of this life and into the life beyond this one, which stretches into eternity. Amen.

Daily Devotionals

What Would You Do?
May 20, 2020

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

I remember being asked this question from a leadership conference. The speaker talked about being bold and battling self-doubt, and he closed his talk by asking that pesky question: What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

I began thinking about the things I would try, the books I would write, the people I would reach out to, the adventures I would go on. It didn’t take long to realize how much fear dictated my decisions. I think this is a great question that everyone should ask themselves periodically, but I have an even better question: What would you do if you believed that God was always with you?

In the Old Testament there is a story about a man named Joseph. Despite the situations that Joseph found himself in, we are told that God was with him. You have to wonder — what gave Joseph the confidence and resolve during these difficult times? In short, God was with Joseph.

When In a pit, God was with Joseph. When in a foreign land all by himself, Joseph wasn’t by himself. When locked up in prison chained to a wall, Joseph wasn’t alone.

So let me ask you the question: What would you do if you believed that God was always with you? Would you have that conversation? Would you take that risk, step out in faith, start a new career or possibly move in the direction that you know God is calling you?

It may feel like you are all alone, but the promises of scripture are true that God does not leave his children. As the Israelites were led through the desert, scripture tells us there was a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day. God was always there. You may not have a cloud by day or fire by night, but what you do have is so much greater. The book of Acts tells us that we have the literal spirit of God living in us, prompting us daily.

Don’t believe me? Have you ever felt the urge to say something or do something? That isn’t just your conscience or a bad meal, that is literally the Holy Spirit guiding you in the direction you will go. So, I started this thing several months ago that whenever I think of someone I reach out to them. I believe that God is active and moving in my life, and when he has an assignment for me, I am going to listen. I am confident that God is with me and communicates with his children.

God was with Joseph, and God is with us. No matter what we do or where we go, God is with us! No debate or discussion, the only thing left to determine is this: What you are going to do because God is with you?

Daily Devotionals

Trust Him, He Is There
May 19, 2020

In Genesis, the beginning of all things between man and God, we find the first parts of the relationship we (mankind) regrettably broke with God. Though Adam severed our ties with God with a blinding act of willful disobedience, God chose not to abandon the mankind he created. He chose not to abandon us. He’s got a plan to restore everything, and he’s right here with us through it all. All He asks is for us to trust him in the process.

This story arc seems all well and good and easy to consume until you try to apply it your very own reality. How could we know God is with us?

It’s easy for us to look at Adam and grunt. He should have trusted God. After all, God was with him daily, going on little walks through the garden. It must have been easy for Noah to trust God. God spoke directly to him. It’s hard not to know God is with you when you have an audible voice speaking to you. Same for Abraham. How could he ever feel abandoned when the Lord repeatedly granted him favor and visited with him on several occasions. Jacob physically wrestled God. I feel like that’s a pretty key indicator God is with you. It seems like these guys had it easy. God revealed himself to them several times through physical manifestations. Of course they trusted God, of course they knew he was with them. The shocking part is that a lot of times, they didn’t.

Then we get to Joseph. A man who, through no fault of his own, is rejected by his own brothers and sold into slavery to a racist foreign land. At no point in Joseph’s story is it revealed to us that God spoke to him or appeared to him in a physical manifestation, yet we find these words directly after his betrayal:

The LORD was with Joseph…
— Genesis 39:2

Though Joseph was in dire straits, he chose to live a life with integrity, so the LORD blessed him as a slave. When tempted by the captain if the guard’s wife, he rejected her with the words “How can I sin against God?” Here he made the right choice but was still wrongly convicted and thrown in prison. Then we read this:

But the LORD was with Joseph and showed steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper.
— Genesis 39:21

Not only was the LORD with Joseph, he showed steadfast love. This is all while Joseph is in prison, undeservedly, for a second time. And Joseph continues to trust God. He whole-heartedly believes he is not abandoned. He spends years in prison until, his ability to interpret dreams holds the key to getting him out. And what does Joseph say about this? He gives God the credit for revealing the meanings of dreams to him. He has now spent decades in Egypt as a slave, and immediately he gives God credit for his deliverance.

With his God-given wisdom he rises to the top in Egypt as ruler of all and soon finds himself with a choice to give or deny his brothers food during a deadly famine. These are the same brothers who brought on his life of slavery, who stripped him of his loving father and betrayed him. And what does Joseph choose now?

”And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.”
— Genesis 45:5

“And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to keep alive for you many survivors.”
— Genesis 45:7

“So it was not you who sent me here but God. He has made me ruler of all of Egypt.”
— Genesis 45:8

That’s a lot to unpack. Though God did not audibly or physically reveal himself to Joseph, Joseph knew God was with him. He knew the bad in his life came to accomplish God’s good plans. What his brothers meant for evil, God transformed for good. He never abandoned Joseph. God hadn’t checked out during the bad times, but was with him through every step, providing for him and loving him all along the way.

In our own lives, there are storms we weathered where it was hard to see if God hadn’t left us, but if you take the time to re-examine those storms, you will find him there. He is always there. Maybe you’re in a terrible storm right now. Keep choosing God, because I promise that he is choosing you, and he is working a plan. What this world means to use for evil, God uses for good. His plan is to restore us to him, so live the life of Joseph and know that God is with you. Trust him, he is there.

Daily Devotionals

God Is With You
May 18, 2020

Over the past few years I have become more keenly aware of the powerful meaning of the name Immanuel. When a Messiah was promised in the Old Testament, Isaiah said, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) Many years later, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.” (Matthew 1:23) In the New Testament passage, we learn what this name is intended to communicate. It means God with us.

The declaration that God was going to be with his people would have been wonderful news. For generations, God had chosen to be silent. Many people who had desperately waited to hear a fresh word from God wound up going to their graves with hopeful hearts but unfulfilled dreams. Generation after generation after generation waited and even longed for the coming of God to earth. Eventually, in God’s perfect timing, the silence of heaven was broken by the cry of a newborn baby in a manger in Bethlehem. God had delivered on his promise: he had delivered himself to dwell among his creation. God was with man. God was with us.

When Jesus was nearing the end of his life on earth, he promised that we would in fact not be left alone to fend for ourselves. God was sending us a helper. The Holy Spirit of God would dwell in every redeemed follower of Jesus. The Holy Spirit was more than just a wink and a nod from God to encourage us. The Holy Spirit is God. God with us.

This is such an important thing to get our heads wrapped around because when we really believe God is with us, it gives us strength, courage, hope and resolve to obey God. There is something about knowing God is with you that inspires you to give your best and to dream big dreams. There is something about knowing God is with you that gives you peace in the storms and the ability to trust him when all the world surrounds you with darkness and brokenness.

One of the greatest blessings of my life is the opportunity God has given me to be a dad. One of my favorite memories is when my daughter had the opportunity to give a presentation in our High School Fine Arts Center. She was in third grade and would need to command the stage that captivated 700 seats. It was an overwhelming moment to say the least. I will never forget her looking at me with tears in her eyes saying, “Daddy, I can’t do this.” I gently reminded her of all the time, energy and effort she had put into preparing for this moment and that she was ready. Despite my best attempts at a pep-talk, nothing was working — until I said, “I’m right here with you and will be on the front row supporting you. When you get up there, just look for me because I am here, and you are not alone.” She walked onto the stage, paused, and scanned the audience as if holding her breath until we made eye contact. As soon as our eyes locked, I winked at her with a grin and she took a deep breath and gave her presentation just as she had rehearsed.

What is it God has called you to? What is it God is currently leading you through? What is out there that has you afraid?

Whatever it is, please remember the great promise of our God: he is with us. Look for him in your circumstances because he is there. Look for him in the places where you feel isolated and alone because he is there. Look for him in the hurdles that just seem too big to overcome because he is there. He is with you! Today we can all celebrate the fact that, for those in Christ Jesus, we do not do this thing called life alone because God is faithful to his promise. God is with us.

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