Scripture Union Daily Guide 20 August 2022 Devotional Message for Saturday– A Ruler’s Responsibility Towards The People
Scripture Union Daily Guide 20 August 2022 Devotional for Saturday
TOPIC: A Ruler’s Responsibility Towards The People
OPENING PRAYER: May the meditation of my heart be acceptable unto you, O Lord as I read from your word.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 47.13‐31
Scripture Union Daily Guide 20 August 2022 MESSAGE
The famine in Egypt has reached its peak. The people had given out almost everything they had in exchange for supplies of food from the king’s warehouse managed by Joseph. Desperation had now reached its peak with no means for most people to buy food for their families. It required extreme ingenuity on the part of Joseph to be able to cater for the people.
Notice how he handled the problem confronting the people in vs.16‐19, 23‐25? Would you say Joseph had been fair in his treatment of the people? Note that Joseph did not seize the opportunity to enrich himself, a challenge to us all employees and civil servants. Notice also the exception (v.22).
If the pagan overlord of Egypt honoured his priests in this way, how much more should we honour and provide for the servants of the true God! It is the responsibility of the ruler of any nation to ensure the survival of his people.
The COVID 19 pandemic in 2020/21 is a good example of the responsibility rulers have to ensure the survival of their people. What measures did your government take to ensure that people survived lockdowns in your country? During critical periods rulers need wisdom such as was displayed by Joseph to safeguard the lives of their people.
Question(s) for Reflection
• What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Lord, grant wisdom to our leaders to ensure that they enact policies which will benefit the citizens.
Prayer for the week
• Pray for brethren in the North who are being forcefully converted to Islam. Pray against their children being forcefully married off to Moslems. Pray for God to intervene as they stand together in unity to believe God for a breakthrough.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Jeremiah 31:4
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Scripture Union Daily Guide 20 August 2022 NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN
THE LORD WILL PROVIDE
And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus
THANK GOD FOR:
☀ Having welfare plans for our lives.
☀ His promise not to let the righteous go hungry.
☛ Complete trust in God our Rock, fortress and deliverer who will not let us be tempted beyond our ability/what we are able to bear.
☛ Grace to keep seeking, asking and knocking because our father has promised and will never fail us.
☛ Peace of heart against trouble that will make us doubt the faithfulness of our God.
⚠ Anxiety of life about what to eat, wear and how to provide for our families.
⚠ Faithlessness and running away from following, forgetting God’s promise to reward those who seek Him.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 20 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 20 August 2022