Opening Prayer: “Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.”
Daily Scripture Reading:
- Genesis 39:1-6a
- 2 Samuel 6:1-12
- Matthew 5:14-16
Today we find young Joseph off of the road with the merchants and in the house of Potiphar, Pharaoh’s captain of the guard. We aren’t told much about the transaction between Potiphar and the Ishmaelites (used interchangeably with Midianites). We don’t know why Potiphar bought Joseph, what his original job description was supposed to be, or what Joseph’s state of mind was at this part of his journey. We do see that the Lord was still with Joseph and caused him to prosper even as a slave in Egypt. And Potiphar recognized it. Somehow, this Egyptian that we can assume was not dedicated to the God of Israel, recognized that God’s hand on Joseph’s life was the reason he was successful in everything he did. And Potiphar wanted some of that! He wanted that success to spill out onto his household so he put Joseph over everything he owned.
King David had a similar situation in 2 Samuel 6 when he abandoned the Ark of the Covenant after Uzzah died attempting to move it incorrectly. David was angry and afraid so he left the Ark, the very place that the presence of God dwelled, in the home of Obed-Edom. We read that Obed-Edom’s household was blessed for 3 months while the Ark remained there. When King David heard about it, he decided he wanted some of that and made plans to bring the Ark home.
God’s presence carries God’s favor and the world cannot deny it.
In Matthew 5 we are called the “light of the world.” We are the very place the presence and favor of God dwells today- just like Jospeh, just like the Ark of the Covenant. We are reminded that light is not meant to be hidden, but set on a stand for the good of everyone in the house. Joseph obviously let the presence and blessings of the Lord shine, even though he had been wronged, even though he was a slave. He allowed himself to be a vessel of blessing for Potiphar. Likewise, we are told to let our lights shine before others so that they will recognize our good deeds and God’s favor and glorify Him!
We should be living lives lit up with the presence of God. When we walk into a room, even those who don’t know our Heavenly Father should recognize His hand on us- on our attitudes, in our words, through our relationships, and in our stories. We should be spilling His blessing and favor everywhere we go. Our lives should cause those around us to say, “I want some of that!”
Today’s Big Questions: Are you letting your light shine to those around you? If not, what are the “bowls” you are putting your light under? Do you think your attitudes, words, and relationships cause others to say, “I want some of that?”
Prayer Response: Ask the Lord to make His presence so obvious in your life that no one can deny His favor on you. Ask Him for opportunities today to bless others by simply letting your light shine!
Optional Action Step: Ask a trusted friend or family member to honestly tell you where your life makes them think, “I want some of that” and where you are not shining as brightly as you can.
Closing Prayer: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21