January 15, 2010

Today’s Reading

Genesis 40:1-23 Genesis 35:28-29 Genesis 41:1-57

You know what I like about these verses? That even while Joseph was in prison, he was still serving the Lord. He was being productive where he was at and was still giving glory to God. It is so easy at times to not be happy where we are at in life. Always wanting the next thing or looking towards something better. It’s easy to be dissatisfied. It’s so easy to have excuses--- Joseph was in prison---yet his attitude was better than mine at times. Can you hear him now “Well Lord, I’d serve you—but I’m kinda in prison (and that’s your fault by the way)I’m not giving you glory either…I’m looking out for myself now!” It would be quite a different Bible story, wouldn’t it?

Sometimes I grow weary and long for days in the future…or even days in the past. God—grant me contentment…where you have placed me. Help me to hear your voice when You call to step forward and when to stand still. Help me to be satisfied where you have me but also always ready for when you want to move me.

When ours are interrupted, his are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or years which seem most useless or wasted or unendurable) "toward the goal of true maturity" (Rom 12:2 JBP).
Elisabeth Elliot


3 comments:

  1. GOOD STUFF! Love Sara Groves too...and I've never heard that one. I'm off for the weekend to a retreat! YAY! I just linked everyone to your blog for the weekend to keep our reading going:)!!!! HUGS to you friend! LOVE reading and studying with you!

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  2. Your post reminds me of another Sara Groves song..."Painting pictures of Egypt, leaving out what it lacks, 'cause the future looks so hard and I wanna' go back..." Whether our Egypt is in the future or the past, it's never as good for us as where God has us today - but, Lord, how we long for it sometimes...

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  3. Rather not Eat the elephant---It's so funny to write that! LOL! I almost used that song! I love it too!

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