God is With You in This Place

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Genesis 39:21 (NIV) “The Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.”

“Think of what a bitter person Joseph could have been. He could have claimed his right to charge that he’d been mistreated and abused. He could have let bitterness wrap his heart in a web of anger, anxiety and revenge, but he didn’t.

He chose not to.

Don’t miss this. He made a choice. He made the conscious choice to honor God with his actions and his attitudes, and God honored him. Notice also that God didn’t immediately pluck him from either situation but rather honored him in the midst of hardships. He was eventually delivered from the difficult situations but not before he honored God right where he was over a period of time.

How many times do we ask God to take away an unpleasant circumstance, and He doesn’t? How can you make the choice to not let bitterness and anxiety into your heart but honor God instead?

Then remember to also look for the ways He’s honoring you, not by removing you but by sending blessings to you in that place. Recognizing these blessings will be faith-building reminders that like Joseph, God is with you in this place.”

“Prayer: Father God, I confess that when I am in unpleasant circumstances, I often let bitterness and worry creep in. Help me to be more like Joseph in the way I respond. Remind me that when you test me, it is for your glory and my good. Help me to remember that Your Spirit is always with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
(Lysa Terkeurst)

It’s so easy to get defeated, to jump on the pity party bandwagon. I’m working at being grateful for what I do have. Thanking God for dishes to wash, a home to clean, a job. I’m working on memorizing scripture again and repeating those truths over my life. I’m working on singing praise and worship songs in the midst of trying times. Crying if I need to but not letting pitty or bitterness over take me. Asking Him, what can I learn through this and thank you God for the blessing waiting on the other side!!

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