Lifted High

Hands lifted high
To the One
And only Adonai
On Him
You can rely
Unconditional love
He will not deny
Oh, how great
Is His supply
Worthy, glorious
Is God Most High
Come to Him
With hands lifted high
Before Him bow
For Great is Adonai


Fear God *Gen. 42

Genesis 42;NIV
Joseph, in charge of Egypt’s storehouse of food, still has unforgiveness towards his brother’s and needs to deal with. It was his 10 brothers who threw him into a pit, then sold him as a slave. Joseph was sold as a slave in Egypt. He lost everything – family, friends, comforts, and his freedom. Then he was wrongfully charged and imprisoned for years.
God raised Joseph up, so now he is rich, powerful, and has everything at his disposal. However, Joseph has a root of bitterness or unforgiveness towards his 10 brothers. He treats them harshly, but God is not done yet. It took Joseph three days before he would release his brothers from prison. Joseph bluntly states the only reason why he changed his plan, was because God spoke to him. He tells them “Do this and you will live, for I fear God.” Genesis 42:18   Joseph originally said one out of 10 brothers would go back to get Benjamin (youngest brother) while the other 9 brothers stayed in prison. Now he says the opposite; one brother will stay and 9 can go back home.

This Day

Lord, thank you for this day
Guide me along my way
May I bring glory to You
In all I think, say, and do
To You, I give all praise
Today and always
Bless my family and each friend
Strength and comfort send
Bless each one who does read
May they be joyous and succeed
All glory and honor goes to You
Thank you Lord for all You do
Be with each one of us today
All this to You, Lord I pray

Beyond Our Own Understanding *Gen. 41:50-57

Genesis 41:50-57;NIV
God’s ways are not man’s ways. Only God knows and sees the true value of life. If we choose to honor God and make Him the center of our lives and not turn away from Him when hardship comes, then we will be blessed beyond our own understanding.
The one thing Joseph held onto was his faith in the God of Israel, and because of it God not only blessed Joseph (by making him ruler of Egypt – second in command to Pharaoh), but Egypt and all the nations around Egypt were blessed as well. God gave Joseph the plan to store the grain in times of plenty, so that when the famine came they did not die of starvation.
So no matter what “things look like” or “how things appear” the one constant thing is God is faithful to His Word. God will provide for His people and others benefit from it as well. Where there is no way – God makes a way. When life looks bleak, there is always hope with God. He is faithful to His people and watches over them.
The truth comes out in verses 51 & 52. God has made Joseph forget his misery and God has poured out His blessings. God blessed Joseph, so Joseph could be a blessing to Egypt and the other nations.
Hold tight to God and you will not be disappointed. Put your hope in God.