Focusing Forward…And Sailing On!
What meant the most to you from this chapter or helped you think more accurately about God’s character and the truth of His Word?
What offered you the greatest challenge or blessing, and why?
Read again the brief summary of Joseph’s life in your book. (Even better, if you have the time, read Genesis 39-45.) Note how Joseph accepted and handled each of these difficult instances:
- Sold into slavery by envious borthers (Genesis 39:1-6).
Joseph chose to serve God by doing the best he could wherever he was and whatever the circumstances of his life.
He chose to forget his past in Israel and “go on…to where he became the best slave and amanager of Potiphar’s household…until he was unjustly imprisoned.
- Unjustly accused by Ptiphar’s wife (Genesis 39:6-23).
To go on… to where he became the best prisoner in the dungeon, and later, the best manager of the prisoners.
- Forgotten in prison (Genesis 4:1-41:1)
To go on…to where he soon became the best in a government position, a priviledged position that enable him to feed his father, brothers, and their families when they arrived in Egypt in search of food from famine-struck Israel.
Joseph shows us excellence every step of the way…through the good and the bad. Mark this lesson well!
What adversities or difficulties are you presently facing? How can you follow Joseph’s example and “turn adversity into opportunity”?
Like Joseph successfully move on from the past, but don’t forget the instances of God’s goodness!
Loving God…Even More
Read this section in your book again. As you consider the contents of this chapter and God’s amazing love for you, what can you do this week, in obedience to Christ…
…to press for the prize?
…to remember to forget?
…to love God with all your mind?
With the goal in view, I press on..