Monday, May 15, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: But Joseph answered them, “Do not be afraid. Am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day. So now, do not be afraid. I will provide for you and your little children.” Then he consoled them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50 : 19 – 21
LISTEN: Good things are often wrapped with bad covers, as a result, it is difficult for one who lacks spiritual understanding to see beyond the cover or container. The life of Joseph as discussed in our previous devotional was a mixture of sweet and bitter experiences. His potential for greatness was wrapped with the cloak of afflictions and miseries. The boy (Joseph) that had enjoyed his father’s love and his cherished coat of many colours suddenly became a slave and a prisoner out of conspiracy, hate, betrayal, envy and false accusations from both his brothers and Potiphar’s promiscuous wife. Joseph learned to not ask why things were the way they were in his life, because he knows that the answers are with God. In his afflictions and miseries, Joseph saw God’s hand working for him behind the scene. Beloved, one may temporarily afflict a child of God, but cannot destroy him or her. The battle against a child of God may rage for a long time, but must certainly have an end. Hence, Joseph conquered his enemies by his faith in God.
Joseph’s faith in God encouraged him to give up vengeance against his brothers. He left vengeance totally to God almighty. The bible says, ” Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12 : 19). When his father Jacob died and was buried, his brothers came to him (Joseph) to further ask for forgiveness for the evils they did to him. But Joseph took all that happened to him as an act of God. The Bible says, ” But Joseph answered them, “Do not be afraid. Am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day. So now, do not be afraid. I will provide for you and your little children.” Then he consoled them and spoke kindly to them.”(Genesis 50 : 19 – 21). Beloved, are you angry at someone or some people for making you go through hell in life? Determine to let go of it. Do not avenge yourself or lose hope. Like Joseph, you will certainly overcome and excel.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected you?
1. Always be prepared to let go of offenses and be ready to embrace peace at all times.
2. Like Joseph, learn to acknowledge God’s purpose and intervention in your ugly situations.
3. Do not avenge yourself, instead, leave vengeance to God.
4. Learn to lean on God in every battle and hope for victory at the end.
Daily Task: Determine to forgive those who made you go through hell in life? Always remember that like Joseph, you will certainly overcome and excel.
Daily Reflection: No matter the conspiracy and afflictions, be sure that one may temporarily afflict a child of God, but cannot destroy him or her.
Daily Prayer: Merciful Father, I surrender my cause and grievance to you. Help me to let go of offenses in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: They may afflict you but will not destroy you. Today I prophesy over your life, no matter their evil plots, conspiracy, hate, envy and betrayal, God will vindicate you, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: The battle against a child of God may rage for a long time, but certainly will end well.
Today In History: May 15, 1988. Soviets forces begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan.