Daily Reading & Prayer

Stay Focused

January 16, 2021


Genesis 42:1-45:15


Genesis 42:6-7, “Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So, when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. ‘Where do you come from?’ he asked.”A joyous reunion is not exactly what Joseph had in mind when seeing his brothers again. After all, they had thrown him in a pit, sold him to Egyptian traders, and told his father he was dead. Now, here they were, bowing before him just as his dreams foretold. It would seem like the perfect set up to exact revenge. But time had revealed a plan beyond his brother’s horrendous actions. Joseph realized that God had positioned him to save his family and many others.It’s easy to focus on the transgressions against us. However, such a narrow focus is cloudy and can cause us to miss what God wants to do through us. At times, the vision for His purpose and plans for our lives may seem blurry and feel as if God is leaving us in the dark. But be encouraged! God is in control. Just hold on and fix your eyes on Him. In due time, you’ll see with 20/20 vision as God makes His plan clear.



Heavenly Father, Thank You for reminding me that You are in control. It’s very easy to focus on my current circumstances and lose sight of Your greater plans. Help me keep my eyes fixed on You and trust that You are doing something far greater than I can see. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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