Genesis 41, Mark 11, Job 7, Romans 11

Genesis 41:16

Do I credit God as quickly as Joseph?  In this situation, it would be understandable if Joseph wanted some of the credit in the hope of getting out of jail.  Yet, he quickly gives God all the credit.  

It seems as a young man, Joseph might have been prideful.  After all, he was his father's favorite, and he did have all the dreams of his family bowing down to him.  

The first time the Hebrew word for pride is used is in Exodus 15:7.  It is used to describe the greatness of the LORD.  The word is translated as majesty.  It is the same word used in Proverbs 16:18, "Pride goes before destruction"'.  I wonder if Adam and Eve's attempt to be like God was a desire for His majesty.  In sinful man, it's just pride.  How far would God go to destroy pride in His children?

Mark 11:21-22

I am impressed with individuals who are singularly focused.  I am not that disciplined.  I fear I am more like a hummingbird flitting from flower to flower.  Jesus is a singularly focused man.  Peter wants to talk about the fig tree, but Jesus attempts to refocus Peter on his faith in God.  I am like Peter.  I notice the effect and miss the cause. 

Jesus, thank You for the example of Peter.  The affect of Your Spirit's work in his life is obvious.  The same man who could so quickly put his foot in his mouth becomes the one whose mouth You used to proclaim the Gospel on Pentecost.  May I become as singular in Your use of me.

Job 7:17

Job is not the only one to wonder why God makes so much of man.  David asks the same thing in Psalm 8:4 and 144:3.  In Psalm 8, after observing the greatness of the heavens, David is curious why God would be concerned about man.  But in Psalm 144:3, David's interest is like Job's in this passage.  In Job 7:16, Job compares his life to a breath.  David says the same thing in Psalm 144:4; "Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow".  

As a young man, I never thought of life the way Job and David thought.  However, I as I have aged, it sure seems to have gone by very quickly, like a breath or passing shadow.  As that reality settles in, I, like Paul, want to finish the race well.  In 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Paul says he has finished the race, kept the faith and a crown of righteousness awaits him and all who love the appearance of Jesus. 

Father, may I be one who fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith and loved the appearance of Your Son.