For a lot of reasons, this was an interesting place for me to pick back up on my devotionals.
The story of Joseph and his rise to becoming Pharaoh’s right hand man reminds me of my own current selfish ambition. How amazing would it be to rise up through the ranks so quickly! The temptation he faced in Potiphar’s house reminds me of my struggles with lust. The Cupbearer and the Baker (Gen 40) reminded me of my struggle with handling responsibly the words that God gives me. Who would really want to tell someone they’d be decapitated? Joseph’s honesty and glory giving statement (Gen 41:16) convicted me of the way that I seek to build my name before God’s. It would’ve been so easy for Joseph to just take all of the credit because he has some special line to God. The passage in Luke was a wonderful follow up to the rise of Joseph. It made me think about the reasons why I would seek a place of power, glory, honor, by using God’s name. It made me realize that balance in my life doesn’t lie in balance “two masters” (Luke 16:13), but instead it lies in finding my balance completely in God. I need to find and get to a place where it’s my unwavering love and desire for God that makes me balanced. I’m also convicted of seeking to try to build too quickly without God. It’s true that “’Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…’”(Luke 16:10), but it’s the very little that can leave so much to be desired without God. Without God, the “very little” can seem almost trivial to be responsible with. Without God, the “very little” seems useless and it makes me feel like to jump from the “very little” to the “much” it requires my own hands intervening – BIG mistakes to follow that formula. It’s the “very little” that makes the Kingdom work. It’s the “very little” faith that moves mountains. This is where I need to start. Patience is hard to keep when I seek to live my life in the future (Reverend Sam Lee, 1/15/14). God, keep reminding me to be small, to be little, and to be content because you are with me. The “much” that comes later is grown from a seed that you’ve planted in me. The “much” that comes later is a product of maturing with you. The “much” that comes later is not the goal, but it just happens because your love is “much.”
Thank you for your constant love. Thank you for your consistent love. Thank you that your love is my rock. I surrender my own strength and legs; I trade it in to stand on you.