Jun 29, 2014
Genesis 47:1-12 So Joseph went and informed Pharaoh: "My father and my brothers, with their sheep and cattle and all that they own, have come from the land of Canaan and are now in the land of Goshen." He took five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh asked his brothers, "What is your occupation? " And they said to Pharaoh, "Your servants, both we and our fathers, are shepherds." Then they said to Pharaoh, "We have come to live in the land for a while because there is no grazing land for your servants' sheep, since the famine in the land of Canaan has been severe. So now, please let your servants settle in the land of Goshen." Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Now that your father and brothers have come to you, the land of Egypt is open before you; settle your father and brothers in the best part of the land. They can live in the land of Goshen. If you know of any capable men among them, put them in charge of my livestock." Joseph then brought his father Jacob and presented him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many years have you lived? " Jacob said to Pharaoh, "My pilgrimage has lasted 130 years. My years have been few and hard, and they have not surpassed the years of my fathers during their pilgrimages." So Jacob blessed Pharaoh and departed from Pharaoh's presence. Then Joseph settled his father and brothers in the land of Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. And Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father's household with food for their dependents.
When we wonder if we can possibly get better, we are actually doubting God, because He is the author of our change.
Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. Don't consider yourself to be wise; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable- who can understand it?
Big Idea - Don't doubt God
1. God provides through others.
2. God brings things about in His timing.
Genesis 47:7-9 Psalm 27:13-14 I am certain that I will see the Lord 's goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.
3. God will provide for our needs
Story of Isaiah about to kill Isaac Jehova-Jira Literally: "God who sees", but with the Hebrew idioms, it means "God who provides"
When do you find yourself doubting God?
The character of God must guide our doubting hearts.
Surrender in prayer your doubts
Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Don't control others doubts.
Galatians 6:1-5 Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won't be tempted. Carry one another's burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load.
Note: all scripture references are in HCSB