Preparation for prayer: would you consider the young man Joseph, Jacob’s son, who was about to be sold into slavery a successful or blessed man? We can be tempted to question God’s authority and leadership in our lives when circumstances lead us into turmoil or situations appear to be dismal. Can you trust God, even when the situation doesn’t look blessed?
Jesus, you are always with me. You never leave me and I am never alone. Your presence in my life is constant and consistent. You are with me in everything I do. You are consistent and patient with me as I learn to trust you even when my life turns upside down or my situation appears to be a failure. Lord, help my unbelief. Amen.
Scripture: Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. Genesis 39:1-2. NIV
God’s definition of success is contrary to the world’s definition. The world wants to convince you that what you’ve done, accomplished and accumulated matters most of all. The world challenges you to focus your time, resources and energy chasing titles and collecting accomplishments. However, once you received the reward--it can feel empty, meaningless and disappointing.So then, you try again and again and again. Reaping the same hollow reward. Self-indulgent accumulation was never God’s plan. We need to learn to stop pursuing things and start pursuing God. It sounds just that simple, doesn’t it? God wants to be validated as the most important relationship you have. The Bible records Joseph’s amazing successful life for us to read in Genesis chapters 30-50.Start to think like Joseph: no matter what my circumstances say about me and my situation--I trust in the LORD!
As you pray: Say, “The LORD is with me, and he is my reward.” You may have to say this one hundred times. Begin to see how God measures your success and allow him to become everything to you. Remind yourself every day--all day--that God is my reward. Imagine how this might affect your walk with him. You are already valuable and precious to him. Accept that. How can this truth help us at Wheatland? Who do you know that needs to hear God’s truth? How can we make it known and what is your role?