The scripture for today is Genesis 41:40.
"You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
This verse comes from the story of Joseph. This is where Pharaoh elevates Joseph to his right-hand man. Giving him such power implies a deep level of trust. Earned over time by Joseph's loyalty, honesty and integrity to be sure, but if we look back to the beginning of Joseph's story, God was definitely working. Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers, falsely accused and imprisoned. Talk about life throwing you more than a few curve balls. But through it all, Joseph kept the faith. He trusted God had plans for him and would bring him through. For my favorite part of the story, we have to fast forward. Joseph is reunited with those same brothers who sold him away. The brothers are quaking with fear, but Joseph tells them not to worry, "What you meant for evil against me, God used for good!" (Genesis 50:20). When I feel like nothing good could ever come from my situation, I remind myself of Joseph's story and these words. We don't always get to know why things happen, but we can trust that somehow, someway, the trials we've experienced will be used to glorify God in the end.
Oh Lord God, I know that I can't understand your thoughts or your ways, but I ask you for the faith to hold fast to your goodness when I can't see any. Help me see opportunities instead of problems and rely on your guidance when the going gets tough. Amen.
Connie Simmonds firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: The homeless