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God Uses the Wicked - In Touch - July 28, 2015

Once the story of Joseph's life was written in full, it was clear that everyone who harmed or neglected the young man contributed to God's plan.

July 28 God Uses the Wicked Genesis 37 When we don't understand what God is doing or why, His ways can seem perplexing. The times when ungodly people seem to triumph over the righteous make us scratch our heads and wonder why the Lord doesn't intervene. But the truth is, He often uses the wicked to accomplish His purpose. Joseph faced one hard-hearted individual after another during his years in exile. His brothers shipped him off to Egypt. His boss's wife accused him of an unspeakable crime. And even those he helped, like Pharaoh's cupbearer, forgot about him (Gen. 40:23). The actions (or seeming inactions) of God make little sense at this point. But once the story of Joseph's life was written in full, it was clear that everyone who harmed or neglected the young man contributed to God's plan. The Lord used numerous people across several years to bring a humbled young Hebrew unexpectedly to power at the right moment to spare his family--who were the Messiah's ancestors--from the effects of famine. In our circumstances, we can see God's actions only from the limited vantage point of our humanness. We experience the events He has allowed or caused but can't discern what He is thinking. Often the Lord's goals and purposes are hidden from us until His plans come to fruition. God is sovereign over all the earth. We may wonder at the strange or even terrifying turns our lives take, but we can be certain that He is ... read more

A Startling Image of Jesus - Bible Studies for Students - Week of July 23

What meaning does the image of Jesus as a slain Lamb have for you? What are your favorite "pictures" or images of Jesus?

A Startling Image of Jesus Verse:  Revelation 5 A helpless lamb—the mightiest of all creatures Revelation 5:4: I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Images of Jesus abound in Revelation, and one way to study the book is to follow a single image throughout. After his luminous appearance in the first chapter, Jesus is presented as a king, a child, a warrior on a horse, the Lord of the whole earth, the husband of a bride. Of all the images, however, none is so startling and unlikely as the one in John’s second vision. Yet it takes hold and appears repeatedly throughout the book. To set the stage for this vision, the book of Revelation uses more visual drama than a science fiction movie. Lightning flashes, the sky growls and awesome creatures encircle a lofty throne. Four of the creatures (see       Revelation 4:6 ) seem to symbolize the most impressive of all creation, for a common saying in those days went, The mightiest among the birds is the eagle. The mightiest among the domestic animals is the bull. The mightiest among the wild beasts is the lion. And the mightiest of all is man. Only One Worthy A question resounds in the heavens: “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” (Revelation 5:2). In other words, who is worthy to introduce the next phase of history? No one can answer, much to ... read more

El Elyon, God Most High - Daily in Your Presence - July 21

Trust is knowing that God will allow into my life only the things that will be for my ultimate good.

Day 203 EL ELYON, GOD MOST HIGH   He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 FROM THE FATHER'S HEART My child, when gusty winds blow around you, I'll make your foundation strong. I'll rebuild your courage and strengthen your might when everything goes wrong. I'll repair the broken places and fill the gaping holes. Your job is to live under the shelter of My wings. When you do that, I, the Most High God, will cast My shadow over you, and you will find blessed rest. Just because I love you, My child, I will do this. A GRATEFUL RESPONSE Like an eagle spreading its wings to shade her offspring, You spread Your arms and protect me.  There, I rest under Your shadow, away from the scorching heat of the sun, protected from the eyes of stalking enemies. You are El Elyon, the God Most High. With You, I am safe. SIMPLE TRUTH Trust is knowing that God will allow into my life only the things that will be for my ultimate good. For more from Rebecca, please visit www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com To sign up for Rebecca's new encouraging blog/newsletter, or to purchase her newest devotional books from Zondervan - Day-votions™ for Women, Day-votions™ for Mothers, and Day-votions™ for Grandmothers -  please click here. ©2002, Rebecca Barlow Jordan, Daily In Your Presence, Used by Permission, All Rights Reserved read more