Day 19: Genesis 44-45; Matthew 14:1-21

For such a time as this

“But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.” -Genesis 45:5

Anger. Betrayal. Revenge. Depression. Hatred. Pride.

That’s the emotions I imagine I would feel if my siblings sold me into slavery in a foreign country. But, not Joseph (in fact, skip ahead and read what he told his brothers in Genesis 50:19-21!). We’ve been talking about Joseph’s humility, but in my opinion, next to Jesus dying on that cross for me, this is the holy grail of humility: loving someone who rejected, humiliated you and even wanted to kill you.

Because if you look for it, you will see the hand of God everywhere – in your life, in the sunset, and even in the darkest moments of your life. He is always near, molding and adjusting, preparing you for such a time as this.

But it is up to you how you react. You can choose to see the fingerprints of God on your life and praise Him for it. Or you can complain, cast blame, plot revenge or try to make it somehow on your own.

You can submit to Him to be shaped and molded into who He needs you to be. Or you can chart your own course with pride and selfish ambition.

The choice is yours. God isn’t changing and until there is breath in you, He is not giving up on you.

Is there a place in your life where you need to adjust your attitude? This week, I challenge you to write down every instance where you see the hand of God in your life (hint: the fact that you’re alive and breathing right now is pretty awesome in itself, eh?).


2 thoughts on “Day 19: Genesis 44-45; Matthew 14:1-21

  1. 19 Days and still going!!! It’s only the beginning, but I have stuck with this, happily and longer than I could ever remember with other efforts I’ve made to read the bible in 365 days. Thank you for providing the opportunity and for sending the emails every day. It helps to know that I am not doing this alone.
    I also share and post on my fb page in hopes that someone will be intrigued and join the daily readings. Thank you Tirzah team 🙂


    1. Leasley,
      Yes!! So proud of you – they say it takes 21 days for something to become a habit and this is the best habit you can add to your life 🙂 And from the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing our posts with your friends – that is a ministry in itself. God bless you, sweet friend!


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