Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. (Genesis 37:3-4, NKJV)
Joseph’s brothers didn’t like that Joseph was so special in his father’s eyes. They didn’t encourage him, rather, they hated him for how he was treated by his father. They mocked him and ridiculed him for his dreams. Even so, Joseph carried on and didn’t let them stop him from sharing what he felt God wanted for him.
People will not always understand the call God has on your life. Even peers may find themselves questioning what you know God has called you to do. Put your trust in Him and know that if he has a call on your life, it will come to pass if you allow it. When it seems impossible, know that He would never place a call on your life that you do not have the ability to perform.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for boldness today. Help us to trust in the call you have placed on our lives. In Jesus name, amen.
Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court. (Daniel 2:48-49, NIV)
God allows us to face obstacles in order for us to grow. One minute life can be going perfectly well and you couldn’t imagine anything happening to change that. I’m sure that Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had no idea what kind of trials they were headed for. Looking ahead, we know who ultimately came out on top, but that doesn’t take away from the stress they went through during that time. Keep your eyes on the Lord and you will get through anything that comes your way. Remember to walk with Him in the good times so that when trials come, you will have the strength to get through.
Prayer: Lord, help us to remember how important it is to invest time in getting closer to you even when everything in our lives is seemingly perfect. I am so thankful to know that you are always with us, in both good and bad times. We are so undeserving of your mercy and yet you continuously give it to us. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 from the New International Version of the Holy Bible)
It is difficult to wrap your mind around how incredible God really is. As I was doing devotions this morning I stopped for a moment to think about it. He designed this whole world. Each one of us has been placed here for a specific purpose – how amazing is that? It takes my breath away when I think about the enormity of Him.
As you go through your day today, take a moment to think about the greatness of God. Forget about any issues going on in your life, just think about Him. You will be amazed by the peace that will come upon you.
Prayer: Lord, help me to take time out of each day to think about how amazing you truly are. Thank you for the peace that passes all understanding.
Devotion by Melinda Keays