Daily Devotion for October 12, 2012
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Prayer for the Day
Heavenly Father, I thank you for my life and everything you have bestowed upon me and upon all people, this day and every day. I thank you for the good and bad, the understanding of forgiveness, and your holy power, without which we would have nothing. I thank you this day for all your blessings, your gifts, your never ending love for us. Although we all are sinners, I ask you to forgive me every day for what I might have done wrong, that I might not have noticed. Even though we all come short of the glory of God, I thank you for the sacrifice of your only son Jesus Christ for all our sins. You and only you know us Father and you know if our hearts are true. So once again, I thank you with all my heart and soul. In the name of Christ I pray,
Prayer the Gospel May Be Spread
Almighty God, you called your church to be united in faith. By your grace you have given us new life in Jesus Christ, and by your Spirit you have called us to proclaim his name through out the nations. Awaken in me such a love for you and your world that I may so boldly proclaim Jesus Christ by word and deed that all people may come to know him as Savior and follow him as Lord. And bless and strengthen all those who dedicate their lives to the increase of your church, both at home and abroad. Send your spirit to fill their tongues with your message, and protect them from all harm, to the glory of your Name.
Joy of friendships be yours
Wealth of memories be yours
Fruit of endevor be yours
Hope of heaven be yours
Peace of God be yours.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
it is gained in a righteous life.
Genesis 41:46-57 (ESV)
Joseph Rises to Power 
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.
Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him. Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house.” The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”
So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.
Notes on the Scripture
Consider Joseph's story, so far, in the larger context. Without fault of his own, his brothers threw him into a pit and then sold him into slavery. By the grace of God and his inherent ability, he rose from slavery to great power and, once again, a sinful woman had him thrown into prison. By the spiritual gift of God (his ability to interpret dreams), after at least two years in prison, he rose to even greater power. And because he was given this power, he has saved the people of Egypt from starvation.
The shape of his story is similar to that of Christ's, and it is seen repeatedly in the Bible. In Hebrew culture, a pit was the symbol of death and hell. He was, in effect, killed by his brothers for no reason except their jealousy and resentment. Then, the lust and pride of another person, a woman, has him imprisoned. Joseph is done in repeatedly by the faults that lie, not in himself, but in others.
This happens to us all. We do not come through life undamaged. Sometimes the damage is self-inflicted; we do things that haunt us with guilt or remorse. Sometimes it comes from someone else, with no fault on our own part: a parent, people in school, co-workers, a stranger. Sometimes, it is an accident or a disease. We feel that these things should not have happened, but they do, and everyone suffers them.
But God gives Joseph power, and Joseph uses the power God has given him to rise up from the pit, to walk out of his prison. And ultimately, it is not for his personal glorification so much, but for the great service his intelligence and foresight are able to accomplish, to save Egypt from famine.
We must not dwell on our pain, for we share it with every other person. Rather, we must find God's spirit and the power that He has for us, for by this power we can transcend the damage life has done to us and rise to accomplish much for the glory of God and the well-being of our fellow man.
The current memory verse, Isaiah 40:31, is a powerful message and bears repeating here: "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."