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Monday, January 13, 2014

Faith Seeds: Prayers and Poetry

Hebrews 11: 36, “,… and even chains and imprisonment.”

Sometimes when accusations are displayed in public, onlookers cannot easily determine who may be telling the truth. A shadow of doubt may linger. But what about when a person has kept the faith and held to moral values, and spoken only truth, but is still condemned.

“And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; he remained in prison.” Genesis 39: 20.

Some commentators have thought it likely that Joseph’s master knew he was indeed innocent and that is why he was imprisoned rather than immediately killed, which was the normal penalty for the accusations against him. He had overcome the betrayal of his own brothers and now once again received an unjust punishment.

Again and again, Joseph experienced personal betrayal, but he did not resort to self-preservations tactics or stop being faithful to God. Instead he trusted God in each circumstance. To his brothers he said, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Genesis 50: 19-20

Lord, please give us courage and integrity to walk in truth even if no one listens.

Psalm of Worship: Psalm 15:1-2

“O Lord, who may abide in Thy tent?
Who may dwell on Thy holy hill?
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.”

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