Sunday, June 23, 2013

Genesis 40

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 40. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The chapter opens with some unfortunate news for a couple of people who worked for the Pharaoh but were put in prison. In this sequence of events we discover that Joseph has been trusted by the guards and raised to the highest position available in prison.
  • We also see by Joseph’s interaction with the prisoners that he still trusted God.
  • Joseph interpreted their dreams for them. Joseph’s only request was for the cupbearer to remember to tell the Pharaoh about him and try to get him out of prison, but he ends up forgetting to do so.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • How amazing is it that Joseph was still fully trusting and following God in the midst of being sold into slavery, being falsely accused of rape and thrown into prison though completely innocent? He had reasons to be upset at God but instead chose to trust him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • How quickly do we get upset with God? And how often is it over trivial things? Ask God to help you trust him more. Live with trust that God is working in the details of our lives even when we can’t see it. So ... what specific area do you need to trust God in today?