"You need not be afraid of sudden disaster . . . for the Lord is your security." - Proverbs 3:25-26 NLT
Thoughts for Today
In Genesis 37, we read that Joseph's half brothers were jealous of him. He was his father's favorite--in fact, his father, Jacob, had made him a beautiful many-colored robe. He told Jacob some of the bad things his siblings did. And he had dreamed that one day his family would bow down to him.
When Joseph was 17 years old, Jacob sent him out to find his brothers, who were a distance away tending their flocks. When the brothers saw Joseph coming, they plotted to kill him. On Joseph's arrival, they ripped his beautiful coat off him and threw him into a dry cistern. Later, they sold him to a passing caravan of traders traveling to Egypt. That quickly, Joseph went from being a favored son in a wealthy family to slavery.
Consider this …
It would be difficult to imagine greater rejection. And yet, as we continue to read about Joseph's on-going trauma and disappointments, we will find that he did not panic. He did not become bitter. He recognized that his security was not in his family or inheritance or anything else--it was in the Lord. And the Lord never left him.
Whether we experienced rejection in our childhood or are dealing with current problems, we need to recognize that our only security is in Jesus. He loves us unconditionally. And no matter what may be happening around us, He will never leave us or forsake us.
Father, I thank you that no matter what has happened to me or what my current circumstances might be, you are always with me. Thank you that I can depend on you--you are my security. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. In Jesus' name …
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Free to Grow: Overcoming Setbacks and Disappointments by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. The purpose of this group study is to help people overcome disappointments and setbacks that have arrested or are presently hindering their emotional and spiritual development. The group study will help participants understand how to be set free so that they can grow and become all that God has designed them to be. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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