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GOD-TRACKING IS LIVING BY GODâS HAND
by Dudley Anderson
5/31/2019 / Devotionals
The e-devotional helping to keep you on track with God’s plans for your life. GodTracker is published at http://godtracker.co.uk
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Very early in his life, Joseph knew that he was different from the rest of his brothers. Although he was the firstborn son of Rachael, Jacob’s favourite wife, he trusted in God’s special plan for his life, not his father’s. Very early in his childhood, he’d come to seek the Lord Most High. But now as he lay in the raw dirt of an Egyptian prison cell, he wondered how that plan would ever become reality.
Joseph remembered those dreams he’d had so many years ago when God had shown him that he would become someone great. Even his brothers and parents would bow down to him. Yet, now as he tossed on his bed of desert dust, he might have prayed, “Ah Lord Almighty God, how long will I lay here? I asked the cupbearer to remember me to the king when he was restored after his bout in prison; thank you for giving me insight to his dreams. However, I realise, O God, that my destiny does not rest in his hands or the hands of Pharaoh. In fact, I don’t trust in father or brother’s hands either. My life is in your hands, O Lord.” Joseph drifted peacefully into sleep.
The next day he rose early as usual and set about his duties as the Egyptian prison warden’s assistant. It was not yet midday when he was called to the warden’s room. “Joseph, you have received a pardon from the king,” he said. “It seems his cupbearer put a kind word in for you and Pharaoh wants to see you… something to do with dreams.” He unshackled Joseph’s feet and pointed him toward the exit.
Joseph soon discovered that Pharaoh had dreamt some strange dreams about some cows and heads of grain. He called for Joseph to interpret these dreams. As it turned out, God gave Joseph insight and, with integrity and submission, he advised the king. Soon afterward Joseph was promoted from prison mate to prime minister of all Egypt.
I deeply admire Joseph’s faith, endurance and integrity. You can read his account from Genesis 37 to the end of the book. Never do we read that he became vindictive or selfish in ambition. Joseph had heard the word of God early in life and he held tightly to the dream God had planted in his heart. We seem to read between the lines that even when he was stripped and thrown into the cistern by his brothers and then sold into slavery, this young man had placed his confidence only in God’s plans.
Joseph was under no man’s hand because he knew Gods’ hand was on his life. Joseph acknowledged the Lord in all his ways. Right through to the end, he submitted to God no matter what his circumstances. Even while in prison he knew he was under God’s mighty hand and not under his circumstances. Joseph lived by God’s hand to the end.
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Lord, my life is in your hands
“Lord, sometimes I feel like I’m Joseph in his prison. I know you have called me and I know your hand is upon my life but so often I lose sight of this and begin looking at the “all things” in my life that seem to go wrong. I want to consciously take my thoughts captive and submit my circumstances to you. I confess that I do not live under any man’s hand – my livelihood, my circumstances and my future do not depend on any man’s decision. Lord, my life is in your hands. Help me to live by the same faith, hope and integrity that Joseph lived as I trust you that all things will work out for my good. Amen.”
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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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