Scripture Union Daily Guide 12 August 2022 Devotional Message for Friday– Seeking The Best Solution
Scripture Union Daily Guide 12 August 2022 Devotional for Friday
TOPIC: Seeking The Best Solution
OPENING PRAYER: Dear Lord, I pray that you sanctify my spirit, soul and body as I read your word in Jesus name.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 43:1 – 15
Scripture Union Daily Guide 12 August 2022 MESSAGE
Two challenges are presented in this passage: (i) how to get Jacob accept to release Benjamin to go with his brothers to Egypt, (ii) how to prove to Joseph that indeed the sons of Jacob are not spies as he had ‘thought’ or insisted. To the first challenge, Judah offered to guarantee the safe return of Benjamin. Interestingly, Judah was the one who had come up with the plan to sell Joseph (37:26‐27).
Now he had to negotiate with his father to get Benjamin to see Joseph. This probably points to a change of heart or maturity on the side of Judah. Jacob offered a ‘solution’ to the second challenge by advising his sons to take the best products of Canaan to the Governor as a gift.
Apparently, the products that Jacob suggests were not available in Egypt (v.11 cf. 37:25). Do you think Jacob was trying to bribe Joseph, to find favour (the old schemer at work?), or to show appreciation? Often, it is a thin line that separates the two. Note the hope and despair in his prayer (v.14). How often do we pray to God and at the same time, despair as Jacob did?
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• When I need to make any decision in life, help me Lord to depend on you and not my scheming.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalms 52:8
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NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN
Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes establish the works of our hands.
THANK GOD FOR:
☀ His promise to guide us always and satisfy our needs and strengthen our frame.
☀ Making us His children to be like well-watered garden and like spring, whose water never fail.
☛ Grace to remain in Him so to continue with purity of heart and see God at the end of the day.
☛ Deliberate decision to conform with the purpose of His will every day of our lives.
☛ The fear of the Lord that will help us receive His favour.
⚠ All forms of unrighteousness and unholy lifestyle which is an evidence of a life in the flesh.
⚠ Walking carelessly thereby missing God’s Favour and be filled with blame at the end of the race.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 12 August 2022. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God. Scripture Union Daily Guide 12 August 2022