Monday 22nd August 2016 - Daily Reading:
Genesis 39 and Philippians 2:5-11 - Joseph

For the last two weeks I have been away in Wales for the Criccieth Beach Mission. Each year, the various age groups take a look at the same theme/book of the bible, and this year the theme was 'Rescued From'. In particular, the two men in the bible that they took a look at this year were Joseph and Moses.

For the next week, I thought it would be good to take a look at some men and women in the bible, and so naturally this morning I am going to take a quick look at Joseph. The story of Joseph can be read from Genesis 37 onwards. I imagine most of us know the general story of Joseph... even if not from the bible, we may know the general outline from a certain Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Today, I want us to focus on this: No matter the circumstance he found himself in, Joseph allowed God to use him!

I think we will all agree that the life of Joseph is a rollercoaster ride. Favoured by his father, then sold into slavery. Put in charge of Potiphar's household, then falsely accused by Potiphar's wife, and subsequently put in jail. While in jail, Joseph was put in charge of all held in the prison, and interpreted the dreams for the baker and the cupbearer, only to then be forgotten. And then eventually, Joseph is released from jail, interprets Pharaoh's dream and is put in charge of Egypt. Even saying to his brothers when they are reunited: You intended to harm me but God intended it for good..." Genesis 50:20

Joseph points us to Christ and ultimately to the way in which we should live our lives through the ups and downs of this life on earth. In Philippians 2:5-11 Paul sums this up for us. Jesus "humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!"

So if you are currently going through a high point ask yourself: Am I available for God to use me? And if you are going through a hard and low point in your life ask yourself: Am I available for God to use me? Because we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.

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