Do not Despair

Gen 42:16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. 17 And he put them all together into ward three days.

It is wise to be a man of few words. We must learn silence and how to speak few words. Words have weight and the fewer the better. Our words will also be tested. Joseph tells his brothers that their words will be tested … probed further. Our professions of faith will be tested. Our sermons will be tested. Our declaration of truth will be tested. God does this that we may be proven to be people of integrity. Every higher level of truth will have a higher practical examination. All are to speak truth in love knowing we may sometime in future fail the tests associated with these same truths.

The test seems harsh – to be imprisoned for three days, but when one considers the future bliss in Goshen ahead of them and the joys of being saved from a famine that was destroying others, then the three days seems not as tough. What are you going through now? God already had determined to move you into a position of such joy and wellness to make the present hardships appear only as a bearable inconvenience. Keep singing your song – even in the prison – when all the issues have been proven you will be exalted with Christ.

Do not despair – O tested saint, you will yet celebrate and be celebrated. You will yet dance and jump for joy. Three days in the prison of Egypt will soon be wiped out of your memory as God takes you up again. Things are about to change. Only seek grace to respond well to the matters facing you today. Do not despair. God is with you.

Song.

Why pour’st thou forth thine anxious plaint,
Despairing of relief,
As if the Lord o’erlooked thy cause,
And did not heed thy grief?
Hast thou not known, hast thou not heard,
That firm remains on high
The everlasting throne of Him
Who formed the earth and sky?

Art thou afraid his pow’r shall fail
When comes thy evil day?
And can an all-creating arm
Grow weary or decay?
Supreme in wisdom as in pow’r
The Rock of ages stands;
Though him thou canst not see,
nor trace The working of his hands.

He gives the conquest to the weak,
Supports the fainting heart;
And courage in the evil hour
His heav’nly aids impart.
Mere human pow’r shall fast decay,
And youthful vigor cease;
But they who wait upon the Lord,
In strength shall still increase.

Prayer: O Lord, make haste to help the weak and fainting reader. 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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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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