Day 2: Joseph in Prison
Have you ever experienced a high level of jealousy towards somebody else? Chances are, they’ve had some painful experiences of which you may not be aware. The more you get to know people and hear their stories, the more you learn that nobody rides for free. Everybody has something in their story that which, if you listened closely, would bring you to your knees.
Joseph lived what many would’ve considered a privileged life. Within the local customs and culture of his day, his family was well to-do. His parents showed him a lot of love and affection. At best, he was an overconfident young man without any worries or concerns. At worst, he was a spoiled child who was regularly at odds with his siblings. Still, from an outside perspective, he would’ve been seen as somebody who came from a family of great influence.
Despite his privileged upbringing, Joseph’s story goes on a huge downward spiral. He finds himself not just sold into slavery, but also wrongfully imprisoned.
As you read today, consider this: What aspects of Joseph’s story resonate with your own life experience?
What aspects of Joseph’s story resonate with your own life experience? (Consider his family upbringing, those he worked for or was enslaved to, those he interacted with, etc.)
What kinds of ambitions or hopes could Joseph have had through his life experiences? In what ways does this help you to identify with the story of Joseph?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Exodus 34 – 36:1
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, today I thank You for the many opportunities You provide me to share something about You with those I interact with on a regular basis. Though parts of my story are very different from Joseph, You continually provided Him with others who were ultimately seeking to know and understand You and/or Your plans for their life. May I learn and grow from Joseph’s example, and regularly point others toward You in whatever circumstances they may be facing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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