Pastor Tony Pierce
JANUARY 21, 2023 ~ THEMATIC JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE
JANUARY 21 READING…GENESIS 39-40 & MATTHEW 16
Our reading today shows that it does not matter who we are, or where we are…God has a plan, and God will use us. It is very important that when bad things happen to us we cannot just shut down, and live in a “woe is me” attitude. God has a purpose for us no matter what we are going through…we may never know how God may use us in a difficult situation to bless someone else. We often pray, “Lord use me in anyway You need me”. Then when He puts us in a difficult situation, we want to say, “I didn’t mean like this Lord”! If we are servants of the Lord, then we will be responsive to Him whenever and wherever He desires to use us.
Joseph did nothing wrong, yet he finds himself a slave in Egypt. Soon he found great favor with his master. His master’s wife had an eye for Joseph, and when she felt spurned, she lied, and had Joseph thrown into prison. In prison Joseph found favor with his jailer, which put him in the position to interpret the dreams of the baker and the cup bearer of Pharaoh. God would use all this to ultimately put Joseph in the position to have God do great things through him. In Matthew we have Peter being used of God to declare the eternal truth that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Yet not long after that Jesus rebukes Peter for missing the reason that Christ came. Finally, Jesus speaks to all of us of the cost of being His followers. Death to self…total self denial…and being willing to follow the Lord wherever He directs. The call is not about us…like anything of great value, the call is bigger than us. It ought to blow our minds that the Lord would use us in His great work.
Please share your thoughts. You will notice I switch today’s and tomorrow’s reading around…sorry, it’s been busy.
TOMORROW’S READING…GENESIS 37-38 & MATTHEW 15