SUMMARY OF BIBLE STUDY:
God has a plan for our lives and no matter what happens, it is all for our good. Whatever part someone is playing in your life is ordained by God and we need to see the bigger picture so we can deal with the situation with understanding. Forgiveness opens doors for us. The only way we can make God forget our sins is through repentance as there is nothing hidden under the sun. Joseph always acknowledged his maker in all his endeavours. Even though Joseph had forgiven his brothers, they could not forgive themselves or they found it difficult to receive his forgiveness. During Abraham’s time, prior to him having any children, God had Joseph in mind. He told Abraham, his descendants would go into slavery for 400 years. Even then, God had planned Joseph’s part in all this. Joseph became known all over the world and became the reason for the salvation of the whole world based on the revelations God had given to him. There is always a dry brook before promotion. When we face challenges, it is a season of purification which God is taking us through but if we can see the bigger picture, we will be able to go through our seasons with wisdom. Knowing God is passing through the fire (Isaiah 43:2) with us gives us the necessary grace to go through with confidence. God will make us a showpiece for the world to see. We will not need to share our testimonies because the world will see them through our lives in Jesus name, Amen. So, let us go through our challenges with wisdom, constantly seeking His face for direction and walking in obedience to his instructions. Because he knows the end from the beginning, it is simply common sense to follow His leadings as he knows the best route for us to take. Later in Exodus, we will read how He took the Israelites by a specific way, even though longer because He didn’t want them to face wars and be afraid. He knows our form and knows what is best for us, however, we need to trust in Him with all our hearts and lean not on our understanding, in all our ways, we need to acknowledge him and he will direct our steps (Proverbs 3:5).
By offering a sacrifice to God, Jacob compelled God to come to Him with the answers he required to the dilemma he was facing. Your gift will always make room for you (Proverbs 18:16). God spoke with Jacob in a vision. Visions are still relevant today. When God called Jacob, his response was “Here I am”. May we be sensitive to hear His voice calling us and may we be quick to respond “here I am” in Jesus name, Amen. The fruitfulness of Abraham’s seed is highlighted here with the number of people who went down to Egypt with Jacob. Even with the high position God had brought Joseph into, he still showed the utmost respect for his father. We must not be unequally yoked with unbelievers as their beliefs and lifestyle may not conform to the image of what God expects of us. We need to be wary about the friends we keep and ensure our close relationships always edify and draw us closer to our Maker. Though Jacob and his family all went down to Egypt, God had promised they would come out at the appointed time. Whatever Egypt we may find ourselves in today, we need to realize it is not forever. There is a day of reckoning when we will be brought out by the Lord even if it has to be with a strong arm. You cannot serve God faithfully and not be a force to be reckoned with. The envy will always come when God starts to lift us up. People will be angry when we do not stay where they expect us to be or when we start to excel above them. Jesus knew who Judas was but still kept him very close.
Joseph’s previous experiences, first in Potiphar’s house, then in the prison prepared him for the work he was called to do in the palace. Because he had inculcated a spirit of excellence along the way in these previous positions, he could flow with that same spirit as second in command to Pharaoh. Where we are right now is a pointer to where the Lord is taking us. Let us learn the lessons in this place so when we come into the destiny He has organised for us even from the foundations of the earth we will know what to do and be capable of doing it all very well. God used Joseph to gain so much wealth for Pharaoh, as 20% of the lands produce belonged to Pharaoh. The lessons we are learning now will bring us into a place of abundance in all areas in the future He has prepared for us.