After These Things

Gen 40:1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. 3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

Things do not remain the same. The problems you are currently going through will cease. All the issues you are facing will cease. These things that worry you so much are transient …they are events that will pass. Your failures and your successes … high and low … they will all one day pass. It is pointless to dwell on things that have passed. After all these things … something different happens. Your loneliness, your barrenness will pass. Do not cling to that which will pass. Look to the God of the “after.” Study biographies and you will consistently discover that good and evil come to all … and all things pass, eventually. But God and His promises are forever sure. His word is forever settled.

Do you see that yesterday has a way of becoming irrelevant? All the accolades and embarrassment may at the moment seem so critical … but wait for tomorrow … wait a few years and see if anyone remembers your day of honor or day of shame. A few more years and you will need a fading picture to remind yourself that you sat on the high table of honor. The lesson here is to allow things to pass. Allow God to move on into new phases of your victory.

Be careful of bitterness and pains that want to tie you down. Never be tempted to act in revenge or speak out of being tied to an incident. You are simply chaining your destiny down when God wants to move forward. Do you notice that many years later you wander why certain issues bothered you so much. When you are full of regret and bitterness you waste valuable time and emotions … paralyzing yourself where none has paralyzed you. God starts a fresh phase for Joseph by bringing in two inmates into the prison. It has nothing to do with Joseph but in the end it has everything to do with God working through him. Watch out. God is doing something new again. Let go of yesterday. Let God lead.

Song.
All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who thro’ life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Savior leads me, Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for ev’ry trial, Feeds me with the living bread.
Though my weary steps may falter, And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! a spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! a spring of joy I see.

All the way my Savior leads me; Oh, the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal, Wings its flight to realms of day,
This my song thro’ endless ages: Jesus led me all the way;
This my song thro’ endless ages: Jesus led me all the way.

Prayer: O Lord, lead me forward and help me to let go of the past. Amen

 

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory.  We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious  because God works His marvellous agenda.   Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily.   Edited by  Bolade Apampa 

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Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami retired from a management consulting firm and pastored at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria for over ten years. In the past, he has published 5 books. His third book " The Majesty of God " was published in December 2010. His fourth work "Perfect Fall Wedding: The Coming of Christ" was released in October 2011. His fifth book , Songs of Joseph, a Bible Devotional, was published in November 2012. He is also the author of "Wealth out of Ashes", a book describing God's plan for our prosperity.

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