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.
If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? (1 John 4:20, The Message)
What a reminder! How we love our neighbor is a representation of the love we have for God. It is easy to forget this simple commandment, especially when people are frustrating us to no end. Showing your love to others does not look the same for every person. You don’t have to constantly be hugging people or giving gifts to show you care. What is more important is keeping your thoughts about people positive. Choosing not to speak poorly of people is a great place to start! Be aware of how you are speaking about people. If you catch yourself being negative, change it! You alone have the ability to do this and it will change how you feel about yourself.
Prayer: Lord, help us to be kind and loving towards one another. I pray that you will show us when we are not treating people the way we should. Thank you for loving us even when we make bad choices. Help us to love you back by showing love to the people around us.
Devotion by Melinda Keays
“One day some worthless foreigners among the Israelites became greedy for food, and even the Israelites themselves began moaning, “We don’t have any meat! In Egypt we could eat all the fish we wanted, and there were cucumbers, melons, onions, and garlic. But we’re starving out here, and the only food we have is this manna.” (Number 11:4-6, Contemporary English Version)
I’ve read this story many times and it always speaks to me. The Israelites kept complaining about the stress that they were feeling along their journey to the promised land. Over and over again, they would forget how bad life was for them in Egypt. All they wanted was for life to be easier and stay that way. Unfortunately, life doesn’t really work that way.
God will deliver us out of an abundance of hardship but that doesn’t mean that the rest of our lives with be without trial. We are constantly being faced with tough decisions. The unfortunate reality is that life will hand us lemons sometimes. It’s what you choose to do with it that makes the biggest difference.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for all the times you have delivered us from trouble. As we continue through life, I pray that you will continue to watch over us. In Jesus name, amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays