January 15

Discover Your Destiny...Like Joseph

“... when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back the spirit of their father Jacob revived.” Genesis 45:27b

Joseph’s older brothers had meant harm for him. They had been hurt and angry when he told them about his dreams which he suggested meant they were to bow down to him (Genesis 37). Their solution was meant for his disaster, at the very least, being sold into slavery. But God had different plans! As I read Joseph’s story in Egypt, it seems an unlikely journey for him to one day be able to save his own people. Yet throughout that hard journey Joseph stayed close to the Lord in his heart and in his walk. He was blessed with God’s favor in difficult situations when falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and even when imprisoned. Joseph was an instrument for saving his father’s people because he endured and trusted God. Jacob was Joseph’s father, and his heart was revived when the carts arrived from Egypt. Jacob knew then his beloved son’s God-directed destiny had been fulfilled.

Am I willing to stay close to my Lord when difficult situations or circumstances arise? Have I been willing to trust Him with my own destiny? His promise in Jeremiah is His plans for us are “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV). I, too, have had difficult situations in my past. Situations where it was not easy for me to stay close to God. Today I have been blessed to experience the desires of my heart. Today I chose to be close to Him and to make a difference in the world for Him. May you discover your destiny by trusting God and knowing He has great plans to keep you close to Him and grow His kingdom!

Prayer For Today: Heavenly Father, fill our hearts, spirits and minds with the desire and passion to build Your ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Remind us to focus on Your will, whenever we envision plans for the future. Keep our pastors, staff, leaders, and all believers strong, as we continue to build on Your dream for us. Amen

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”