Choosing God Instead of the World: Looking Ahead to Week 4
As we move into week four we will get to know Joseph and see his extraordinary reaction to the horrifying and challenging events of his life. We will read shocking details about the life of Judah, another of of Jacob’s sons, and get a glimpse of God’s fingerprints in the outcome generations later. We will also listen as Joseph moves from dreaming dreams to interpreting the dreams of others; and no matter how many times we’ve read or heard the stories – I believe we will yet again – perhaps even more so – stand in awe of how God uses it all to position Joseph exactly where he needs to be.
Don’t forget our memory verse from John 14:15
This week’s focus verse(s) will come from day one’s reading of 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. A message from Paul that would have no doubt been encouraging to Joseph during the challenging days of suffering that lay ahead.
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT
This Week’s Challenge from the team at Love God Greatly:
God allowed Joseph to endure great suffering in his life to bring about His divine purposes. As you read, note Joseph’s suffering. After you complete this wee’s reading, go back through the moments of his suffering and reflect on how God redeemed each of these events. Do you believe God can work the same way in your life? How has God already redeemed some of your seasons of suffering?