Sunday Afternoon Pause: Chapter 7!
“A rest-less work style produces a restless person. We do not rest because our work is done; we rest because God commanded it and created us to have a need for it.”
Gordon Mac Donald.
“Since today’s focus from Genesis 41:1-16 is one of hope and deliverance let’s not forget how hopeless the situation seemed to be in chapter 40. The cupbearer had forgotten and failed Joseph. There he remained for two more years but God never left him, nor did God stop working on Joseph’s behalf. Joseph’s hardships in prison were refining him so he could clearly reflect God in the palace. He was learning that God was faithful when no one else was.
Two years later Pharaoh had two dreams that trouble him. His interpreters were called but they once again fall short. It was then that the Lord refreshed the cupbearer’s memory about Joseph’s abilities. Genesis 41:14 tells us, “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon…” Notice the word quickly. Joseph’s suffering in prison would end in an instant. The trying season had dissolved into deliverance, and it was time for Joseph to do what God had been preparing him for all along - Joseph interprets the dreams.
In Genesis 41:37-57 Pharaoh quickly recognizes God’s favor on Joseph and promotes him. God is blessing and prospering Joseph precisely in the place that had once caused him great pain! God will not waste your pain. In fact God specializes in sowing seeds into the soil of our hardship, seeds that bring forth prolific life and bear fruit in season.” (Excerpts from Finding God Faithful by Kelly Minter.)
Pause Bible Verse: “Now unto Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us…” Ephesians 3:20
Pause Quote: “God will not waste your pain. In fact God specializes in sowing seeds into the soil of our hardship, seeds that will bring forth prolific life and bear fruit in season.”
Pause Question: How do you see God using your current circumstances to prepare you for what’s ahead?
Click the links below to visit all of my new November posts:
“During your journey you’ll ramble and roam. But sooner or later, you’ll long for your home.” An invitation to gather, celebrate and remember.
Wooden Dowel Picture Holder. In 5 easy steps make this easy and fun picture holder. Great for a Hostess or Christmas gift!
1-2-3 Of My Favorite Christmas Tips
A great website to facilitate drawing names for a gift exchange.
Two great book recommendations that are just perfect for stocking stuffers!
No fire burns more brightly or emanates such welcoming warmth as the one kindled in my own hearth.
Phyllis Huffman DePiano
From my home to yours, Linda