You meant it for evil… Joseph, Genesis 50:20a

My Pondering

How powerful is our God to take Joseph from a deep pit his brothers dumped him in to the high platform Pharaoh place him?

How powerful is our God to elevate Joseph from almost forgotten in prison to the prince of the land?

How powerful is our God to prompt Joseph to not punish his brothers and not merely forgive them but to bless and save them?

Mighty powerful! Mighty powerful! Mighty powerful!

Yes, Joseph had to suffer for a long while but he remained true to God. There is a powerful lesson for us all.

God works in strange, mysterious and beautiful ways. Does He not?

God causes all things to work together for those who love Him and are called to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Beware… Hebrews 3:12,13

My Pondering

Life is hard

but

God is good.

Like how the flying geese encourage one another flying in formation, let us help another while we can.

“Honk, honk, let’s keep it up, we got this”

Though its by faith we are saved, as Martin Luther so eloquently pointed out in Scripture we need to be diligent in our faith as we most certainly have an enemy lurking about.

Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

2 Peter 3:14

By our daily habits, by intentional choosing good habits and making our BIG decisions firmly in advance, we are indeed diligent. We put first things first – consistently.

BE READY

Eph 5:14-16 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

EACH DAY, HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT.

2 Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

1 Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Summary

A. CHRISTIANITY IS A DAY BY DAY LIFE;

(WALK THE WAY EVERY DAY)

B. IT CAN ONLY BE LIVED IN THE ‘HERE AND NOW’

(TODAY IS THE DAY, IT’S A GIFT; THE PRESENT)

C. IT WILL BE REWARDED IN THE “HERE AND NOW” & THE “THEN AND THERE.”

(GOD REWARDS THOSE WHO SEEK HIM NOW AND LATER)

That begins and ends with pleasing our God in Jesus’s name.

Strive to enter the strait gate… Luke 13:24

My Pondering

We have must have role to play in our sanctification or Jesus would not have said this and other similar. We are to abide, which is not be passive nor faint, there is a stark difference. It all begins and ends with a real relationship with our Christ.

Is there anything leading you astray for the one and only Way, the Truth and the Light…none other than our Savior, the Son of God – Jesus Christ?