Daily D – Genesis 47:25
Genesis 47:25 “You have saved our lives!” they exclaimed. “May it please you, my Lord, to let us be Pharaoh’s servants.” (NLT)
Genesis 45:5 “But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.” (NLT)
Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” (NLT)
The best leaders know the world is much bigger than them. They look out not only for their own interests and needs but also for the interests and needs of others.
Joseph knew his personal mission from God. It was not to be a ruler his family would bow down to, even though that’s how it appeared in his early dreams, and how it happened years later. His personal mission was the saving of many lives. As God had saved him, he joined God in his work of saving others.
When his brothers wanted to kill him, God saved his life when he was sold as a slave instead.
When his owner, Potiphar, likely wanted to kill him for what his wife said he had tried to do to her, he threw him in prison instead.
When the cupbearer forgot what Joseph did for him which kept Joseph imprisoned for two more years, Joseph thrived in his administration of the prison.
Joseph knew what it was to have his life saved. He knew what to do to save his own neck in Potiphar’s house. He knew how to run one of the unhealthiest and most dangerous communities on earth. He knew how to listen to God’s dreams for him and follow them to their supernatural conclusion.
Joseph knew God saved him for the purpose of saving many others through him.
Because Joseph lived his mission, Egypt was saved, his family was saved, and he was saved.
One of these days, you and I are going to have our tickets stamped to the Great Beyond. Who will be able to say how we lived our mission led to their salvation?
Ponder this. Adjust accordingly. Live on mission with God.
I will live the kind of life God can use to save others.
Our Father, how may I join you in your work of saving many lives? What can I do? How can I give? Who can I work with to accomplish this purpose? Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.