Believing is Seeing

Jane Douglass White

READ : James 2:25-26, Numbers 14:2-9   When the Israelites came to the border of Canaan, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the land. They returned with beautiful produce, saying the land was good. Ten spies said the people were too strong to conquer. Only Caleb and Joshua believed God would bring them into the promised land. Everyone else wanted to return to Egypt’s slavery, rather than risk entering the land. Ten spies came back, seeing only the giants, …

Advice from an In-Law

Jane Douglass White

READ : Exodus 18:13-24   Do you like kibitzers looking over your shoulder, giving advice? I am on excellent terms with our married children because I never give them advice unless asked. (I have to zip my lips at certain times.) Here was Moses’ father-in-law telling him how to run his business. And Moses listened and “did all he said.” Billy doesn’t want Dad to tell him how to pitch a ball, yet he wonders why his friend Bobby is …

Forgiveness in Action

Jane Douglass White

READ : Genesis 45:1-11   Chapters 41-45 in Genesis tell us that God so blessed Joseph that Pharaoh appointed him prime minister with powers second only to himself. If you have time, read those chapters. Joseph was always faithful to God, acting fairly and wisely. A famine came and Joseph’s brothers had to come to Joseph for food. Joseph chose to forgive them, rather than seek revenge for the wrong they had done him. He said to them: “Do not …

Promises! Promises!

Jane Douglass White

READ : Genesis 40:1-15   Joseph had time to listen to his cellmates and gave them help in interpreting their dreams. Wouldn’t you think the cupbearer, who had received good news from Joseph, would have, upon his release, put in a good word for Joseph with the Pharaoh? Have you ever promised to send someone a recipe of one of your favorite dishes that they raved about and then forgot to send it? Or perhaps you promised to call someone …

Choice to Succeed

Jane Douglass White

READ : Genesis 39:20-23   Pastor Dick Woodward said, “It is the PLAN of God to use the POWER of God in the PEOPLE of God to accomplish the PURPOSES of God.” But surely Joseph couldn’t accomplish the purposes of God in prison, could he? Yet God’s purpose was fulfilled because Joseph submitted willingly. The important thing is not the event, but how we react to it. A man in Omaha lost his job and was out of work a …