“the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.” (Genesis 39:21)
The Lord showed him kindness and favor. Which of us would not want more of that? We who are called to His purposes and surrendered to His will are able to solicit His favor. That can be manifest in many ways. Resistance can fall away, the hearts of those who oppose us can shift, and we can expect favor from those in authority over us.
There is something about walking closely with God that creates an atmosphere. This can shift mindsets and circumstances. Sometimes just our presence in a place or situation can move opposition or bring resolution. This is no source of pride because it is not us; it is the Holy Spirit Who indwells us, and His anointing can literally move mountains.
Be bold. Why not seek His will and ask for His favor? You may be surprised by just how willing He is to move on your behalf to accomplish His will.
Quick Prayer. “I ask for your favor Father” Amen
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.” (Proverbs 16:33)
When is chance just chance? Is fate really fate? Our self centered nature demands a sense of self reliance, where we can dictate our terms, influence and control our futures. So the idea that there is a random universe that God asserts His influence over occasionally has an innate appeal.
But the bad news, or should I say good news, is that God is in control: So much so that even when lots are cast, something we consider pure chance, He dictates the outcome. Just to emphasis the point the scripture tells us “its every decision is from the Lord”. We might prefer an occasionally rather than an every, but get used to it, He is in control.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that what happens to me is not random, but has purpose” Amen
“Surely there is a future and your hope will not be cut off”. (Proverbs 23:18)
Sometimes, life is tough. Often very tough. But we serve a God who is a redeemer.
Regardless of what you face today, there is hope in God. Even self inflicted trouble can be redeemed by Him. King David the adulterer and murderer, who took another man’s wife and had her husband killed, was forgiven and his situation redeemed. The fruit of this relationship was Solomon, the greatest and wisest of all. God created a future and hope; and was David’s salvation.
There is a future and God loves you, cares about you, died for you.
He still has a plan and purpose for your life, regardless of your circumstances.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you for hope, you are my salvation.” Amen
“Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.” (Gen 41:42)
Who was it that put Joseph in charge of Egypt? Could a prisoner in jail really orchestrate his release, let alone his promotion to prime minister of all Egypt? Of course not; we all know it is only God who can move this way and promote a man to this kind of position and influence.
Just as God gave honor to Joseph, He can and will give honor to us as we serve Him in the marketplace. When we choose to go God’s way and be obedient and faithful to Him, we may pay a price.
Ultimately, though, God’s true purpose will show through because He honors His servants and those who are obedient to His calling. I am sure Joseph would have preferred to miss out on the jail experience, but it all worked together for good.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for the level of honor and influence You have already placed on me. Amen.
“Tell all the skilled workers to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest.” (Exo 28:3)
We have all been built for a purpose. Part of that is our unique set of skills, temperament, and physical attributes. The skills need to be grown, nurtured, and developed, but their origin is a gift from God.
Those skills are for an outcome and a specific purpose. He has handcrafted you for a mission. Most of us will see that in a so-called secular job. He has equipped us to be effective in what He has called us to do. Your job is a specific calling from your Creator to use the skill set He built you with. You can serve Him as you serve others and as your skill set is used productively in the commercial sector.
Offering our skills to God and acknowledging they come from Him takes us to another level where His anointing can sharpen, hone, and enlarge our skills to make us even more effective in His hands.
Quick Prayer: Bless the skills You have given me to fulfill my purpose in You. Amen.
“So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.’” (Gen 41:41)
There is a payday for those who follow God and work in His way. Joseph was gifted by God and disciplined and diligent in his execution of God’s purposes. He had a hard road to walk but then had the ultimate promotion.
He followed God’s ways and had God’s insights and wisdom. He moved well in the supernatural and in the natural. He is an example for us. It is God who exalts and God who promotes. He is interested in us fulfilling our potential. If we walk His way and work His way, we will ultimately fulfill our true calling and unlock our full potential.
Quick Prayer: You are the promoter and exalter; I surrender to You, Your timing, and Your way. Amen.