Genesis 44:1-45:28, Matthew 14:13-36, Psalm 18:37-50, Proverbs 4:11-13
Today is the 22nd day of January, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful, it is an honor to be here with you today as we gather to take the next step forward through life, but through our adventure through the Scriptures. So, let’s get started. We have been following the story of Joseph and we’ll continue that story as we continue our way through the book of Genesis. Joseph has met with his brothers now, for the second time but this time they’ve brought his brother, Benjamin, his full-blooded brother Benjamin. He and Benjamin are the sons of Rachel and Jacob. And so, this has been a fairly overwhelming experience for Joseph. Although he’s kinda keeping that private. Today, Genesis chapters 44 and 45.
Okay so, in the book of Genesis the story of Joseph isn’t over yet and it leads us to the next important story, but at this point in the story where Joseph has revealed himself to his brothers there’s so much drama there. Can you imagine? It’s like Joseph has come back from the dead and by the time they get back to Canaan, which is how we end today and Jacob is told that his son Joseph is alive. So, the two sons that he had with Rachel are still living, it’s like a resurrection. But we saw the Joseph continued to press in and surface the issues with his brothers and in the process his brothers got the opportunity to experience helplessness and some of the terror that there brother Joseph would’ve felt as he was being dragged away into slavery. And it’s in today’s reading, that Joseph’s heart is fully revealed because we’ve been watching this story and pretty much none of the things that happen in this story all the way until he stands before Pharaoh, none of those things were fair or just are good are right. Joseph had every human right to be bitter and angry and upset and depressed and hopeless. He had every reason to become a shell of who he could have been which is one of the things that makes this story so compelling. He’s not raging at God, he’s holding on to God as his only hope and in today’s reading he reveals his perspective and I quote, “I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into slavery in Egypt, but don’t be upset and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives, it was God who sent me here not you and He is the one who made me an advisor to Pharaoh.” So, if there is one thing, one thing that we can grasp here and carry forward with us, it would be the Joseph took the long view. There wasn’t a point at which he said my story is over, there’s no way out of this, it’s over for me. He kept his hope in God, realizing that the story is never over with God and in the end, he gave God all the glory for putting him in the position that he was in, understanding that God’s hand was in all of it. God was with him in all of it and the story would’ve been quite different if things didn’t happen in the way that they did. Which doesn’t mean we just turn a blind eye to injustice around us or the things that are coming against us, it’s the long view. The New Testament tells us that God works all things together for the good of those who love him, for that to be true we have to have the long view of things. There isn’t a point where our story is over. Although there are plenty of points in our story where we don’t know what’s going on. So, the choice is to give up and descend into hopelessness or trust that there is more going on than we know. And if we will cling to God, the story will unfold.
And so, Father, we thank You for preserving the story of Joseph for us because we need to remember this, we demand near instant gratification in nearly everything in life and often the challenges of our story are actually the most meaningful and promote growth and endurance and trust in us. So, Holy Spirit, come give us the long view. We pray in the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.
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Prayer and Encouragements:
Hi family, this is Sally in North Dakota. Say, I’m calling today to pray for Rosie. It’s great to be free in Jesus. Rosie, I heard your call and I just wanted to lift you up. You said you’ve lost several family members in the last three months and that you’re starting to feel sick almost and I’m sure, you know, just the whole emotional ride that you’ve been through. Heavenly Father, I thank You for Rosie, I thank You for her love for You. I thank You Lord that You are the great comforter. Father, I ask that You would allow Rosie’s heart to be at peace, that her emotions and her mind will be able to rest in You. We thank You Lord that You understand our grief and that You come alongside of us and You hold us and You remind us of our eternal hope that we have in You. And I thank You Father for just comforting Rosie, for being there for her. You are faithful to do that for us. Rosie, I love you and I will continue to lift you up in prayer. I’m glad you called in, bye for now.
This call is for Jesse. This is Transplanted Yankee from Alabama. Jesse, I heard your voice this morning and my heart went out to you. About 15 years ago my husband saw the down-turning economy and lost his business. He thought the Lord wanted him to be a Christian businessman. This was devastation. This was devastating to him as a man as a provider. There were times I would see him sitting outside staring and I’d think, Lord, preserve him, our three boys need their dad no matter what. It is hard for me to even recount today because the Lord took us through that time for a purpose. I am still not fully aware of what that purpose was but Jesse I do know this, we are more firm in our belief of the gospel of Jesus Christ and our purpose here on earth is not to collect things but our purpose here in life is to collect people for His kingdom. We grew as a family. It was the most devastating time with two boys graduating from High School and going to college, what would we do without that money. We circled the wagons, we laugh now and say shoot, we didn’t circle the wagons, we sold the wagons. We just dealt with the bare necessities and about 7 years later we have come out of that time. But I know this, God supplied our needs. He supplied a check for workmen’s comp because my husband had no claims. He supplied over abundance escrow account somewhere else. Time and time again, God supplied our needs and gave us a peace and I pray that for you.
This prayer is for Jesse and also for the truckdriver that lost his identity. Both men our struggling right now and I just want to pray Lord, that you cover them. Let Your presence be known and let Your healing begin on each of them. Father, I just pray that You just guide their paths and let them know that beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord is with the both of them. They just need to hang on and have faith and trust in the Lord for redemption and for His help. So, I lift up both of them today, each of them touched my heart today and I just wanna pray for each man out there. Be with them Father. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Hi, this is Jane Ruth in Nebraska. I really don’t know how to say this except that I’m feeling very unlike myself. Usually, I think the face that I show to the world looks fun and vivacious and happy go lucky, kind of the life of the party. But really, I just want to crawl in a hole and pull the hole in after myself and it’s, I mean, I’ve had a history of depression, I mean, diagnosed bipolar. I’ve got a long line of alphabet soup behind my name but you know, I have believed in the word of God and I continue to believe that God changes people through His word. You can read the Bible like any other book but no Bible, no book reads you like the Bible does. Anyway, I need to request prayer. I don’t even know how to ask for help; I don’t like to do it at all. But I just pray that God would help me to deal with what’s going on. JaneRuth322@gmail.com. Thank you, I love you.
Hi, this is Victorious Soldier just calling to pray for some of the DABers. I wanted to pray for Hailey, the first-time caller. I want to pray for Just James and encourage every morning but boyfriend’s daughter but I wanna pray for his wife and his daughter and her boyfriend. And the bible study in the incarceration. I wanna pray for that family. I wanna pray for Genene from Washington and Dave in Delaware supplying them with their protection. I wanna also pray for Patrick from Seattle, a request, his wife is going through the stress and the pain. I wanna pray for her. I wanna pray for Rosie also and her family. She had five deaths in her family and she’s going through mourning and I wanna pray for her. Gracious Father, I just life up Your people today, Lord. Oh Lord, You are a mighty and a wonderful God. Lord, I just ask You to have Your way. Lord, You have Your way in that families life. Lord, encourage that woman, You bring, You lift her up, You lift them up Father. You have Your way, Lord, even incarcerated, let them know that God is still with them. That God can give them joy in the midst of a bad time. Lord, You have Your way in the name of Jesus. You have Your way in the life of Your people. Lord, You have Your way. You open doors Lord, You bless them in a mighty and special way. Oh Father, thank You for Your Spirit and Your presence. Thank You for Your grace and Your mercy. Thank You for blessing Brian and all the people of God. Lord, continue to be a light and favor, continue Lord and work Your miracles. Continue to heal and deliver. In the name of Jesus. Come back to the Lord.