Thursday, August 20, 2009

Day 33: Genesis 39-40; Matthew 21:23-46

Joseph’s story in Genesis is a great one of God’s faithfulness and provision. Joseph was sold into slavery, forced to work as servant, and then thrown into prison. Throughout this time he stayed true to God and fled from temptation.

Temptation can be such a rough thing. Satan knows exactly where and when our weaknesses are the greatest. For me, sometimes it really is just turning around, walking away, and saying a prayer that makes the difference. It’s wonderful to know that God is right there, ready and willing to provide a way out of whatever is tempting me (1 Corinthians 10:13).
When Joseph fled from the temptation Potiphar’s wife offered, he was thrown into prison. Even then, God was there and “showed him his faithful love” (Genesis 39:21). What a wonderful way of putting it! Even when Joseph was as lowly as it could get, God was still there, loving him and providing for him.

Oh how I need some reminders of God’s faithful love today. It’s wonderful to know that he is there in the good times and in the bad. He will never fail me or abandon me.

And he’ll never abandon you either. He will help you through whatever temptations you’re dealing with today. He loves you with an unfailing love.

As Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your unfailing love. Please help me to be courageous today, and to cling to you like never before.

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