How God Uses That Which Seems Unfair: Devotional for January 21, 2022

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Today’s Bible reading from the Five Day Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 38-40; Mark 15

The Scriptures are filled with cautionary episodes that remind us that even the most faithful can find themselves ensnared by the sinful motives and actions of others. Faithfulness on our part does not mean we will not be on the receiving end of injustice–something that Joseph knew all too well.

For Potiphar’s wife, she fell into the same Garden sin, where Joseph was a “delight to the eyes.” Joseph was “handsome in form and appearance” (Genesis 39:6) and enticed Joseph into bed–daily. Joseph refused, citing his loyalty to both his earthly and heavenly master. Humiliated, Potiphar’s wife trumped up a charge, invoking twice that “the Hebrew servant” came in to laugh at them, with a display of racial superiority lacing those comments.

The cautionary aspect of this story is the danger in finding oneself alone with someone of the opposite gender, putting yourself in a position to have someone spread falsehoods about you with no other witnesses. It is a protection for you and for the person with you. While men such as Mike Pence and Billy Graham faced public ridicule for their refusal to be alone with a woman, it must also be said that the #MeToo movement gives credance to Graham’s and Pence’s boundaries.

Yet, another aspect of this story is looking at the long game. Just because Joseph did the right thing in refusing Potiphar’s wife did not mean an immediate “gain” in his stature. Off to jail he went. Eventually, God used him and exalted him to second in command behind Pharaoh himself, he had to wait for God to strengthen him through apparent injustice and significant suffering.

So hang in there! Keep following God’s path even if it does not bring the prosperity you believe God owes you. You’re missing the point. God uses suffering for His purpose and that is to strengthen His people–and if you’re a Christian, that includes you!

Endurance Only Comes One Way : Good Morning Devotional for 12.7.2021

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Good morning! Endurance only comes one way and that is through suffering.

Romans 5 starts off about the peace of God that comes through our Lord Jesus Christ. Every Christian wants that peace, but is every Christian willing to go through what it takes to arrive at the place Christ would have them?

The peace we possess comes through the justifying work of Christ who took the penalty of our sin on our behalf. Christ secured our peace, our reconciliation between us and God. This provides us access into the grace in which we stand.

Standing in Christ means suffering for Christ! That’s bad, right? No, that’s ultimately good because the “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5). Suffering to endurance, endurance to character, character to hope–all through the love of God poured into us in the Holy Spirit.

Do you want to endure? Then rejoice in the sufferings for Christ that come your way. Living for Christ means losing your ‘self’ in the process. Is your joy found in Christ? Are you ready to endure for Him? Then you know what it takes. He will give you the strength to persevere.