Week 9: Pressing on in Difficult Times

Week 9: Pressing on in Difficult Times

Written on 12/15/2019
Dr. Todd Horton


BIBLE PASSAGES

  1. Genesis 37:1-40:23 
  2. Amos 2:6-3:8
  3. Acts 7:9-16

Joseph is an amazing servant of God. I think sometimes he is overlooked in the Word. The importance of Joseph's life is evident, after being rejected by his brothers, thrown into prison, accused of being a dreamer, and eventually elevated to the highest position in Egypt.

Looking at the world around us, we see turmoil in every corner of the globe.  If we asked Joseph for wisdom about the problems that face our world, what would he say?  

When we face personal trials in the middle of this global turmoil, we can look at Joseph's life and glean from his responses.

I was reading that the word depression when we take the same letters produces the three words I pressed on.  

Joseph pressed on and found favor in the eyes of Pharaoh because of his relationship with God.  Later, we find that Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh are the first two brothers to get along with one another, unlike Jacob and Esau.

But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?” Genesis 37:10

“These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph, and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles.” Acts 7:9-10

Questions for Reflection: 

▪ Like Joseph, am I able to press on when it is hard?

▪ How do I handle myself in difficult situations?

▪ When the family doesn't understand my relationship with God, how do I handle the situation?

▪ Using Joseph as a model, am I able to let go of my past and serve God wholeheartedly today?