Genesis 37, Mark 7, Job 3, Romans 7

Genesis 37:5-11

How do I use the insight God gives me?  As we learn the rest of the story, these dreams come true.  I feel sorry for Joseph as I read of his brother's hatred.  Yet, I also wonder if he might have been a little full of himself as he told his dreams.  Sometimes when I have been given insight into God's word, I can be "a little full" of myself.  When I realize what I am doing, I am reminded of John the Baptist's word, "A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven" (John 3:27).  

Father, give me eyes to see my self importance for what it is.  Thank You, Jesus for Your example of humility.  Holy Spirit, please continue Your work of conforming me to the likeness of Christ.  I thank You for the change that has come and acknowledge much is left to do.

Mark 7:20-23

My heart is always the issue.  Jeremiah 17:9 says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it".  As a believer I know I have been given a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27).   But I am to guard it because my life flows from it.  "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life" Proverbs 4:23 NLT. 

With the Psalmist I pray, "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!"

Job 3:1-26

This is the most painful description of depression I have ever seen.  Reading this passage, I can feel the darkness that surrounded Job.  I cannot imagine the depth of this place, but I know those who have.  

Father, as You bring people into my life who are in the throes of depression, please give me wisdom.  I pray in advance for You to use me to speak Your love and Your truth into the lives of those who are struggling with life itself. 

Romans 7:14

For too much of my life, I did not think of the law as good, much less spiritual.  I found the law to be a set of restrictive rules.  I thank God for my new heart that includes His Spirit, who causes me to walk in His statutes and obey His rules (Ezekiel 36:26-27).  I have come to understand the truth of Psalm 19:7-11.  Isn’t it curious that the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, describes the beauty and benefit of God's spiritual law?