Greatness Forgotten (Exodus 1-3)

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. (Exodus 1:8) Every time I read Exodus 1 I am reminded that Joseph, even though he was one of the greatest leaders in the Bible, was forgotten when his days were over.  He died, Pharaoh died, and a new government took over: a government that didn't recognize Joseph or his accomplishments in saving Egypt ... [Continue Reading]

Uncontrollable Joy (Genesis 43-46)

Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep.  He went into his private room and wept there. (Genesis 43:30) Yesterday I wrote about limited vision - how we often can't see the end of a situation when we're in the middle of it.  From our perspective, all we know is what we're dealing with in the moment... and it seems like ... [Continue Reading]

Guardrails (Genesis 38-40)

And though [Potiphar's wife] spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. (Genesis 39:10) Have you ever been driving on a road and seen a guardrail?  You can look at it in two ways: it's a restriction or it's a life-saving device.  The purpose of the guardrail is to protect cars from driving off the road and into sudden danger - in ... [Continue Reading]

Dead End (Genesis 35, 37)

All [Jacob's] sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted.  “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son [Joseph] in the grave.”  So his father wept for him. (Genesis 37:35) There comes a point in time when you realize that the decision you made is really just a dead end.  It seemed like a good idea in the beginning, but over ... [Continue Reading]