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 …

A Woman Scorned

Jane Douglass White

READ : 1 Corinthians 10:13, Genesis 39:7-20   If you are faithful to God, you are certain to meet Satan’s temptations. Joseph was in a good position, in charge of his master’s household. His master felt he could safely leave town with Joseph overseeing the estate. Then Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce the handsome young slave. She might have been attractive. The house was empty. Who would know? Joseph made his choice to obey God’s commandments and to be loyal …

Let Us Rejoice!

Jane Douglass White

READ : Genesis 39:1-6   Does the Bible tell us that Joseph was downcast, that he complained, that he pined away for home, that he sought revenge on his brothers? No. Joseph chose to do the best he could with what he had. And the Lord was with Joseph, so he became successful working for his master, the Egyptian Potiphar. We can choose to look on the gloomy side or the bright. The Lord has promised: “So do not fear, …