Friday, January 1, 2021

Daily Scripture & Questions
Genesis 38-40 Judah’s younger years seem filled with self-centered, gratification-driven choices.  How can someone like this change?  Joseph faces great temptations.  What can we learn about resisting such lures in our lives?

Family Devotions—Scripture & Questions
Read Genesis 40:9-23.  God helped Joseph tell the baker and the cupbearer what their dreams meant.  What did Joseph ask of the cupbearer in return (vv. 14-15)?  Did he do it (v. 23)?  Are there any broken promises that have disappointed you?  Can you still trust God?

Biblical Prayer Focus
Jeremiah 18:19-23 “Hear me, O LORD, and listen to the voice of my adversaries.  Should good be repaid with evil?   Yet they have dug a pit for my life.  Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them. Therefore, deliver up their children to famine; give them over to the power of the sword; let their wives become childless and widowed.  May their men meet death by pestilence, their youths be struck down by the sword in battle.  May a cry be heard from their houses, when you bring the plunderer suddenly upon them!  For they have dug a pit to take me and laid snares for my feet.  Yet you, O LORD, know all their plotting to kill me.  Forgive not their iniquity, nor blot out their sin from your sight.  Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger.”

Jeremiah is honest with God about those who have treated him so poorly, even those for whom he has prayed.  Give your enemies to God in prayer.  Agree with Him that you won’t seek your own vengeance but leave room for His, for He is the Judge.
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