19 January: Joseph’s Technicolor Dreamcoat

Today’s chapter shows how a coat and a couple of dreams can put a shepherd boy on an international stage for the next four millennia…

READ GENESIS 37  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Forever part of our family calendar is January 19th – our late son’s birthday – and I feel Jacob’s pain in the words of this chapter. After his greatly favoured son was taken from him, Jacob refused to be comforted: “Surely I will descend to the depths in mourning for my son.” [v35]

The Pain of Progress

Refiner’s Fire:  The Pain of Progress

But the story of Joseph’s Technicolor Dreamcoat (as Andrew Lloyd Webber has called it) was the one thing that produced a perfect storm, and it changed the direction of an entire people group. Unbeknown to Jacob in his unbearable grief, the Creator God was weaving into this storm, a perfect plan. It was the start of a promise predicted 200 years earlier when Father God gave to Abraham, Joseph’s great-grandfather, a promise that took almost six centuries to fulfil.[a]

Father God, as I progress through my portion of Life on Planet Earth, help me not to fixate on the disaster of my story. Instead, help me to focus on Your story, and the knowledge of HOPE found in uncovering Your Perfect Plan. …Read More… CLICK on “19 January – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Finding it hard to speak with the Creator God? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, His holy mountain. [Psalm 48:1]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Use the link to pray for the Americas[b]
  • Your Country: Labourers for God’s Harvest Field[c]
  • Yourself: Personal journey through grief and loss
  • Your concerns for today
You are always righteous, Lord, when I bring a case before you. Yet I ask: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? Hear the cry of today’s victims, Lord. [Jeremiah 12:1]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Father help me to remember not to keep talking so proudly; or let my mouth speak with arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. [1 Samuel 2:3]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Jesus said: “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” [Mark 14:38]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator God’s Salvation Plan

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16]

[a] Genesis 15:12-16

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/north-america

[c] Matthew 9:37-38

Posted in A Perfect Storm, Daily Breadcrumbs, Dealing with Betrayal, Grief, Jealousy in Families, Joseph's Technicolor Dreamcoat, Pain and Process, Painful Progress of Prophecy, Prophecy: Difficult to Live With, Refiner's Fire, Sold into Slavery

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