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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 9/Heroes: Joseph

A good friend of mine shared with me how he was going through a rough patch relationally and with his ministry. He was tired and worn out. He was ready to quit and give up. In the moment, he felt God say to him, “Stay faithful.” Those words stuck with him and he stuck it out. Several years later he finally received his “release.” God rejuvenated him and planted him in a new place after he had done what God needed him to do.

You can probably think of a number of times you have wanted to quit. You call out to God and instead of rescuing you, things get worse. You see this in Joseph’s story. It happened over 13 years. He felt forgotten by the world. I’m sure he had some choice words for God in his prayers. But all through the story there is the theme of “stay faithful.” Wait it out. God has a plan and it is at work.

Elijah, the great prophet was ready to hang it up and said, “I have had enough, LORD. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4 (NIV) God told him to hang on, his job was almost done. Remain faithful.

Moses in the wilderness with the Israelites: “I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now– if I have found favor in your eyes– and do not let me face my own ruin.” Numbers 11:13-15 (NIV) And then God brought 70 men to help with leadership.

Stay faithful.

Scripture

Genesis 40:23

Prayer

Heavenly Father, when I can’t see you and what you are doing, remind of your great promise of presence, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.