TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, September 13, 2018:
To declare boastfully; to speak with excessive pride.
His brothers said to him (Joseph), do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us? And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he said.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We look today at the life of Joseph who was the favorite son of his father, Jacob. There is no doubt that God used Joseph during his lifetime but as a young man Joseph had his problems with his 12 brothers.
We are told about the dreams that Joseph had. First, he had the dream where he and his brothers were binding sheaves and his brothers sheaves bowed down to his sheaf. Apparently Joseph had to do a little bragging so he told his brothers about the dream and it did not go well with them. They were outraged and asked him who he thought he was that he should reign over them.
Joseph had a second dream in which the sun, moon and stars all bowed down to him. Joseph shared this dream with his father. And then his father was angry with Joseph for being disrespectful as to think that not only his brothers would bow down to him but also his mother and father. Although what Joseph said was truthful Joseph’s family saw it as bragging.
Joseph was a young man and perhaps no different than most young children who do like to brag. We all know that these dreams were a foretaste of God’s plan for how God would use Joseph in the future. The point for us today is that when one brags concerning themselves, it is not accepted by others.
We all know people that like to brag about themselves, about their successes, about their riches, about their intelligence and it goes on and on. All of our abilities come from God and He expects us to use the abilities He has given us for His glory. Above all we should not brag about them giving ourselves the glory.
This is what the Lord says, “Let not the wise men boast of his wisdom or the strong man of his strength or the rich man of his riches, but let him boast about this, that he understands and knows me” Jeremiah 9:33.
When we are tempted to brag we need to remember the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 11:36: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 119:11.
Your Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
We acknowledge that all things that we have and all that we are comes from You. Thank You that I can boast that I am a child of God because I know You as my God and Savior. Help us that in all we do and say that we give You the glory and thank You for all we have from You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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