Tuesday 8/3/2021 Devotional by Pastor Dan Giles

Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭39:1-3‬ Joseph had it rough, to say the least. His mother had died; his brothers hated him. They kidnapped him and sold him as a slave. He was trafficked to another country and sold at the slave market. His new master was a high government official, answerable only to Pharoah himself. But Joseph trusted God. No matter what happened, he knew that God was in control and he refused to budge from that certainty. He insisted on being faithful and doing whatever he did, under whatever circumstances, in God’s way. Sometimes his insistence on doing things God’s way got him in trouble. But to the people who really mattered and were watching him, it made all the difference. They knew Joseph could be trusted. Even when Potiphar threw him into the dungeon on trumped-up charges, he kept watching him and knew he could still be trusted. Joseph was right: God had a plan all along. When the day came for God to move him, Joseph would be go in one day from the dungeon to the palace, because God could entrust him, too. He was God’s instrument for a key moment in History. You and I are instruments in God’s hand, too. Our position in God’s plan How much can He entrust to our care? How long are we willing to be faithful? The little decisions, day by day tell the story. The Lord Jesus laid it out for us this way: “He that is faithful in a very little thing will be faithful also in much; he that is unfaithful in a little thing will also be unfaithful in much.” (Luke 16:10) Lord, in Your wonderful mercy You have forgiven and cleansed me, made me Your own accepted us as His own beloved child. Not satisfied with that, You have even made me a part of Your plan and purpose in this world. Help me to be faithful, by Your Holy Spirit working in me, in the little decisions of today, in Jesus’ name. Amen! Pastor Dan Giles

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