Daily D – Exodus 2:21-22
Exodus 2:21, 22 Moses accepted the invitation, and he settled there with him. In time, Reuel gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife. Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, for he explained, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.” (NLT)
Genesis 41:50-52 During this time, before the first of the famine years, two sons were born to Joseph and his wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On. Joseph named his older son Manasseh, for he said, “God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father’s family.” Joseph named his second son Ephraim, for he said, “God has made me fruitful in this land of my grief.” (NLT)
Two of the greatest men who ever lived thought their lives were over before their moments of opportunity arrived. Where are you in your story? Know this: It is always too early to give up on God.
Joseph named his first son Manasseh. The name means “causing to forget.” He named his second son Ephraim. It means “fruitful.” Joseph lived in a new world with new opportunities and responsibilities. It appears he was making a break from his past.
Moses ran away from his past as a Hebrew raised with the Pharaoh’s extended family. He ended up in the middle of nowhere. He named his son Gershom which means “a foreigner there.” Moses was a foreigner in a foreign land. He was also a foreigner to all he had known.
Jo and Mo thought their lives had run smack dab into God’s Greater No. Who would blame them? Circumstances said so.
Joseph went from favorite son to hated brother to slave to accused criminal to prisoner. That’s a long, hard road down to the pit of despair.
Moses went from rescued baby, to elite childhood, to would-be rescuer, to murderer and fugitive. That’s a long fall into a wilderness more populated by sheeps than peeps.
Two men were at the ends of their ropes. Two men gave up on what they thought their lives were all about. Two men closed the first volumes of their life stories and began writing their own stories.
Then God stepped in. When Jo and Mo gave up and moved on, God moved in. The best part of their lives began when they were searching for a better plan.
So let’s stop today where we started. Where are you in your story? If you don’t give up on your life, what could God do with you to his glory?
It is always too early to give up on God.
I will wait on God and lean into my next chapter in full resolution not to quit before I’m done.
Our Father, thank you for how you take our hopeless ends and provide us with endless hope. Thank you for meeting us in our moments of loss and turning them into directions toward new and better destinies. We may not be where we want to be, but by your grace and in your power, you will lead us from where we are to where you want us to be to accomplish your purpose for our lives. We trust you to make your dreams for our lives come true. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.