Today’s Tasting: Genesis 46-47: Jacob hears from God at Beersheba. The Lord tells him not to be fearful about going to Egypt, for in Egypt He will make him a great nation and prosper him. Egypt is also where he will be with Joseph again, until his death. Joseph gave Jacob and his family the land of Goshen, a lush, choice piece of land near the Nile River. They became shepherds, considered the lowest of occupations among the Egyptians. Eventually, as the famine wore on, the people of Egypt sold all their land, their livestock, and even their families to Pharaoh in exchange for the food that Joseph had stored. So Pharaoh owned all the people and land in Egypt, except for the priests and for Joseph’s family. God had set them apart. So they prospered in a foreign land.
Today’s Nourishment: God takes care of His people. He exceeds our hopes and keeps us from fear, when we totally surrender to Him. “His plans are to prosper us and not to harm us” (see Jeremiah 29:11).
The times we live in are evil and full of difficulty, just as they were in Jacob’s lifetime, but if we will remain faithful, surrendered, and trusting in the Lord, He will lead us to the Promised Land. As Christ followers, we are sojourners in a foreign land. Yet He calls us to excellence and asks us to number our days and make them count. He also sets us apart, just as Jacob’s family was set apart. We are to “seek His face, to walk in humility” (see Genesis 47:1-6) and live lives that are totally surrendered to Him.
Pray with me: Father, I thank you for loving me. I thank you for your provision. Thank you for going before me. Thank you for preparing a place for me. Thank you for removing my fears and exceeding my hopes. Thank you for your Word—truth that guides me through this world. Help me to hear your voice, to trust you completely and surrender my will and all that I am to you.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Genesis 48-50
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Jacinta Hampton says
Yes! So thankful that God always, always provides.
Carolyn Marlowe says
This is a great devotional, Teena. I thank the Lord that He takes care of us as we seek Him. I looked up the word seek to find that it means, “Cease striving, rest.” Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:11) is a scripture passage that changed my life.
Tammy Bradley says
Great word and so true. Yes Carolyn our Father doesn’t want us striving but resting (firmly fixed) in Him. When we don’t then we are consumed with self and not surrendered to seek Him first. We’ve got to de- throne ourselves and consecrate (set apart) ourselves to Him. It is then that His plan will work mightily in and through us.
Thank you for the reminder that no matter what the day holds, whether good or bad..its only for a short time because I am a visitor in this place. Thank God for his promises