The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in h is eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. Form the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the household and in the field. God he left in Joseph’s care everything he had, with Joseph in charge, he did not concern him self with anything except the food he ate. Joseph was well built and handsome.” (Genesis 39:2-6)

Joseph’s role as manager-steward for Potiphar illustrates the biblical concept of stewardship. The master/owner entrusted the steward o manage the household. In the Old and New Testaments alike, steward denotes the management role God has assigned us. As trustees for God, we act in responsible freedom—-free to make decisions, yet accountable for those decisions. We respond to God either in rejection or in love, but we are always accountable for how we respond. Every steward is to be faithful in all matters., without exception.


Precious Abba, You call us to be faithful in small or large tasks, and no matter how small or large they are, we must understand that we are accountable to Him for the way we take the responsibility whether we do this for someone else, or for ourselves. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen


Problems shared, are problems halved.”


By the Lord was gracious to them and had compassion and showed concern for them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. To this day he has been unwilling to destroy them (Judah) or banish them from his presence.” (2nd Kings 13:23)

Historical existence depends on God’s grace. He allows sinful people to continue in existence. We do not get what we deserve in history; rather, we get what God’s grace provides. Eventually God did banish and destroy the Northern Kingdom, giving historical evidence that His grace with sinners is not endless.


At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, ‘The Lord will do nothing, either good or bad.’” (Zephaniah 1:12)

Atheism apparently was not an options for biblical people. The tended to believe in too many gods rather than not to believe in God at all. Unbelief expressed itself a lack of trust in God’s ability or willingness to act for His people. God’s judging acts demonstrating His will and power to act came on such people.

Recently, Harvard University (which was founded on Christian beliefs) vote in a new Chief Chaplain who is an atheist. Surprisingly two or three of the chaplains voting for this individual stated, he was more of a “humanist” than anything. He liked to build consensus among colleagues, and yet in the back of my mind, I was wondering what the consensus was? He was not based on Scripture of any kind; rather, more accurately it is based on he is a nice guy and doesn’t make waves. This is a foundation made up mostly of sand, but when the storms of life come along, it will was away because it has not strength within it. Whether someone is a nice person or doesn’t cause waves is totally immaterial to me. God’s Word was given to us to teach and preach on, and making waves is sometimes apart of the job. So this leads me to wonder just what it is this person will do in the storms of life? I pray that I am wrong, because this is no better than the churches who preach on prosperity only, and do nothing to prepare people for the hard times.


This is what the Almighty says: ‘Just as I had determined to bring disaster upon you and showed no pity when your fathers angered me,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah.’” (Zechariah 8:14-15)

History reveals God’s freedom to act in response to His people and to accord with His purposes. Neither judgment nor deliverance totally characterizes God’s relation to His people and their history. Once God judged a faithfulness nation without pity. Then He chose to achieve His purposes y doing goo to His people. Wrath in God’s temporary work so He can perform His permanent work of grace. Just as creation was a good work of God, so He wants His work in history to create a people that is good. Clear?

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