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Genesis 41-2 – Purpose

So Joseph does what he has learned to do.  First he answers the question that Pharaoh poses to him.  What does this mean?  Then, without being asked and it appears without even a pause  he answers the question  that results from his answer.  He starts out be telling Pharaoh what his dreams mean.  There will be seven years of great abundance followed by seven years of great famine.  Then he tells Pharaoh what needs to be done to prepare for and respond to the coming famine.  One fifth of the produce of the land during the abundance needs to be stored away for the famine time.

As a result, Pharaoh sees God’s hand and blessing on Joseph and places him over the entire nation of Egypt.  Joseph was 30 years old at this time.  He spent almost half of his life as a slave in Egypt, and most of that time was spent in prison.  But the whole time, God had a purpose for him.  He wasn’t doing nothing and watching his life waste away.  He wasn’t stuck with no hope and no future.  God had a purpose for him, and this was that purpose!

God was preparing Joseph to not only excel, but to become the second in command of Egypt; to provide leadership and wisdom to prepare the people and nations for the coming blessings and famine; to save not just lives, but nations from perishing in the flood of famine that would hit for seven years.  God had a plan, and that plan had a name.  It simply took a life of disappointment and overcoming to prepare Joseph for that purpose… a purpose that was revealed and a change that was laid out, all in 1 day.

How do we see our lives?  I know that i struggle sometimes trying to see how and why my life has turned out as it has.  I have seen people pass and surpass me in life, and i wonder, ” Why do they get blessed, and it seems like i don’t?”  Why do i so often feel rejected and pushed away by God.  I know that that’s not really the case and that God has a plan for me as well, but i can’t help feeling sometimes that i have been abandoned and left to rot in prison for some unknown reason.  I know it’s not really like that, but that’s how it feels sometimes.  Ultimately though, I know that I have a hope, and that God has a plan.  That it’s not really about me.  It’s about Him, and i have to make sure that i don’t get myself in the way.

So what is your struggle?

John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Genesis 27 – Influence

Sorry i missed the day yesterday, in the coming days and weeks i may miss a day or two in a row due to other things going on, but i should be back on track fully after that.

As i went into this chapter, i began to realize that Isaac’s story is much shorter.  It seems like i only just started with him, and already he is an old man and Jacob’s story is beginning.  Jacob’s name means “supplanter”, and here is where he, with the help and encouragement of his mother, really sees the fruition of that name.  The name given to him almost seems as if it becomes his life motto / purpose.  It’s funny, because a couple of days ago my friend (and teacher) Fount Shults posted a note on facebook about Death and Life in the Tongue and how what we say has power / influence.

It’s interesting to see the dynamic here between Isaac and his wife Rebekah.  Isaac loved Esau and wanted him to be blessed over everyone around him.  Rebekah however, favored Jacob.  Isaac’s plan was for Esau to gain the honor and blessing, but God had other plans that Isaac was either not aware of, or had ignored.  Either way, his plans were not God’s.  Back in chapter 25, before the children were born, Rebekah inquired of the LORD about them, and God told her that the younger would be greater, and the older would serve him.  Isaac’s plan was the opposite of this.  You can see from the chapter that Issac had planned to bless Esau so that Esau would be master over all.  He had not planned to reserve any blessing for Jacob at all.  That obviously backfired so Jacob got it all.

What about us?  Do we fail to check in with God about the plans and blessings we make?  Are we so set in what we want that we fail to recognize that that may not be what God is planning to do?  I know that i have.  I also know that that can lead to some very difficult situations down the road.

One last thing that i wanted to note from going through this chapter today.  It’s something that i don’t think i realized before.  Rebekah said that she was sending Jacob to her brother Laban’s, and that when Esau’s anger had subsided, she would send for him to come back.  We never hear of this happening.  As far as we know, Rebekah never sent word to Jacob to return.  When he came back he was unsure of Esau’s intent towards him.

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