Genesis 42:1–8 ‘So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.’ (v6)

As we return to the story of Joseph, we see the fulfilment of Joseph dream of 13 years earlier. Today the brothers bow down to Joseph, just as they had in Joseph’s childhood dream. Thirteen years is a long time to wait for a promise to be fulfilled, especially when the interim has not been easy. Yet here is God fulfilling a promise.

We can take heart from Joseph’s story, and from Abraham’s yesterday, that God is faithful and will do what He has said He will. God has promised never to leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6). What difference do these words make to our lives?

God has said that He has loved us with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3). God loving us is not dependant on us trying to be perfect, but rather
on God’s faithful character. His love is everlasting. God promises to remove our sin from us as far as the east is from the west (Ps. 103:12).

How should that truth affect how we live our lives in the everyday? He has promised to prosper us and not harm us (Jer. 29:11). Can we believe God for His promises? If it is a struggle, what are the obstacles?

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A Prayer to Make:
‘Lord, help me to walk by faith and not by sight, and to trust You to fulfil all your promises in my life. Amen.’

An Action to Take:
Think about a promise of God from His Word and that has been fulfilled in your life.
Are there other promises that have yet to be fulfilled in your life?
Recommit these to God and trust that in the fullness of time
God will be faithful to keep His promises to you.

Scripture to Consider:
Gen. 9:12–16; Num. 11:21–24; Ps. 105:5–11 & 119:137– 144; 2 Pet. 3:8–10

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.