MY DAILY COVENANT WITH GOD DEVOTIONAL
Devotion for Thursday March 30, 2017
Topic: Price of Godliness (Imprisonment 1)
Text: Genesis 39:19 – 23
Joseph had a dream that his parents and brothers will come to worship him but for the dream to be fulfilled, he went through several processes; sale into captivity, living as a slave and then in prison. It was not his dream that took him to prison but his desire to please his God and live godly. Potiphar’s wife couldn’t stop lusting after Joseph. When he refused and ran away from her leaving his clothes, she framed him up and that landed him in prison.
If Joseph had succumbed to her pressure and slept with her, he wouldn’t have ended in prison but he would have gone out of favour with God. Just like Moses, Joseph chose to suffer momentarily affliction instead of partaking in the pleasures of sin that would have destroyed him completely.
Are you suffering now because you refused to give in to crimes and they are threatening you with imprisonment? Do not despair. God is on His throne laughing at them and He will soon set them into confusion. Are you already in prison because of a crime you didn’t commit? Let the story of Joseph encourage you. As a prisoner and slave, he could have seen his situation as hopeless but he did his best with each small task given him. His diligence and positive attitude didn’t go unnoticed by the warden, who promoted him to prison administrator. Are you facing an apparently hopeless situation? Remember how God turned Joseph’s situation around and do your best always. God will see your efforts and can reverse even overwhelming odds that stand against you.
Food for Thought: 1 Peter 2:19 – 21
Memory verse: Genesis 39 verse 20
Prayer: God, grant me the grace I need to follow the example you have set for us even if it leads to imprisonment in Jesus name.