Father, thank you for bringing me to Joseph. Your timing is always perfect. Thank you for these examples in scripture to keep me focused on your sovereignty.
You arranged every circumstance that Joseph faced to bring your purpose about. Joseph was faithful and he honored you in all he did.
Help me to do the same. May I be found faithful to you and obedient to what you have called me to. Help me to focus my thoughts on your ways and your purposes, knowing that your way is always for your glory and for my good. Thank you that you always have a purpose even when the road is long and hard.
Father, I will praise you! I will give thanks. Great are your works, which are studied by all who delight in them. You are full of splender and majesty. Your righteousness endures forever. You have caused your wondrous works to be remembered. You are gracious and merciful. You always provide for those who fear you and you ways remember your covenant.
Father, I wait patiently for you. I know you hear my cry. I know that in the proper time you will draw me up out of destruction and the mire and set my feet on a rock. You will make my steps secure. You have put a new song in my heart and your praise will ever be on my lips.
Many will see and fear, and put their trust in you.
Father, thank you for the example that you gave us in Christ, that the night he was betrayed he gave thanks for the bread that was to be broken, which is an example of himself.
He had just come through betrayal and was facing death, yet he thanked you. You always good gifts even if they don't look good in the moment.
As I face things in my life that I don't understand, help me to always look for ways to thank you. Open my eyes to see the ways you bless even in the midst of sacrifice. Help me to lay myself down and always give thanks to you.
Father, as you show us through the story of Job, you are in control of all things. Nothing can happen apart from you. You command the seas, the rains, the dew and the mist. You give abundantly. You spread out the clouds, the lightening and the thunder. You judge the wicked and the righteous.
There is none like you. Great is your power.
Father, use your power in the circumstances of our lives to exalt yourself.
Father, there is so much forgiveness and restoration found in this portion of scripture between Jacob and Esau that you graciously gave. But in this portion I also have my eyes opened to Shechem.
Father, help me to see that sometimes the thing that my soul longs for is wrong. And that nothing I can do will make it right again, just as the circumcision of many men did not make the wrong that Shechem did to Dinah right.
Help me to know when my souls longings are not from you and to put them to death immediately. I want to live a pure and blameless life before you.
Father, thank you that in you, I am redeemed. In my troubles you deliver me. In my longings you satisfy. When I cry out, you hear me. You send out your word and heal me. You turn rivers into desert and you turn desert into pools of water. All is in your hand and you control it all.
I will consider the steadfast love of the LORD. I will thank you for your steadfast love.
I will proclaim your deliverance and I will say I am your redeemed.