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God, Have You Forgotten Me?

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 45-47
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“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” – 1 Corinthians 2:12

Thirteen years passed from the time Joseph was sold into slavery until he entered Pharaoh’s service–years of injustice, disappointment, and obscurity. It must have been a great day for Joseph when the mystery finally was solved, and he understood the leading of God in his life and in the lives of his family.

Through a series of almost unbelievable circumstances, God had worked out a plan to save the lives of Joseph’s father and brothers and their household. They now were settled safely in Egypt, with plenty of food to eat and plenty of work to do. But the thing to remember is Joseph’s statement to his brothers: “God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God” (Genesis 45:7-8).

Throughout the years of loneliness and all the months in an Egyptian prison, throughout all the difficulties that could have caused his faith to fail and his spirit to become bitter, Joseph saw the hand of God. In his mind there was nothing for which man could take either the credit or the blame.

Remember the account of the apostle Paul and Silas being beaten and cast into prison at Philippi? Acts 16:25 says, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God.” Why weren’t they complaining, griping, demanding their legal rights? Somehow, like Joseph many centuries before, they were able to detect the merciful hand of God in it all.


Lord, I praise You for Your hand on my life. Amen.

To Ponder

Failure to look up to God, whether your circumstances are good or bad, can mean the difference between victory and defeat.

(The Navigators)