DOWN TO EGYPT
Today’s Reading: Genesis 38-39
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Key Verse: Genesis 39:9
…There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
Chapter 38 is such a contrast with chapter 39. Immorality vs. morality. Judah was wrong. Joseph was right. Joseph faced a temptation that is glorified today – the temptation to sin sexually. Therefore, it’s important that we take to heart Joseph’s response. He refused to “do this great wickedness and sin against God.” Joseph proves that we can, if we will, stand firm in doing right, recognizing that to do otherwise is to act against God. His is an example we should follow. Ultimately, Jesus is our supreme Example of holy living…moral steel down His backbone. Joseph paid a price for his righteous stand. Jesus paid the infinite price as the sinless Sacrificial Offering for the sins of all people.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, please put steel down my backbone. Please give me moral strength as You did for the Apostle Paul who wrote Your words to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You live in me and I in You. Together we are strong. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
For years I quoted Galatians 2:20 each morning: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” I have recommended many times to all who struggle to live a Godly life that they memorize this verse as I have done and quote it daily. There is such power in God’s Word. “Your Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). I found that memorization plus daily quoting moves the Word from my brain into my heart. The Word is pumped throughout my entire being all day long. Joseph is a hero of mine, but my ultimate hero is Christ…and “Christ lives in me!” I have failed many times, but “Jesus never fails.”
Yours for holy living,
P.S. Last night Norma-Jean and I had the privilege of attending the official Farewell Dinner for the Honourable David C. Onley, who has served for the last seven years as the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. He is a tremendous man of courage and faith, and he has been a champion for the rights of those living with disabilities. Below are a couple of photos from last night’s event. David was a guest on 100 Huntley Street a few years back (to see the series of interviews conducted by Jim Cantelon, click here).