February 3, 2021
Genesis 42:6-8
Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.  As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked.
“From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.”
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.

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               What if your dreams came true?  Melanie and I sat down to watch a movie recently.  It was terrible.  The best thing about the movie was the trailer.  The movie was about a plane flight over the ocean.  When the pilot died, one of the passengers had to fly the plane, but they ran out of fuel.  So they climbed out of the plane and poured rum into the gas tank.   This reminded me of a recurring dream in which I actually have to fly a plane on a secret mission.  Melanie assured me that she would not join me on the plane if I were the pilot.  Fair enough.

                Joseph had dreams that his brothers would bow down to him.  Because of his father’s favoritism and his bravado, they sold him into slavery.  Joseph rose to the position of selling grain to people from all over the world.  Then one day, seeking food, his brothers came, not knowing who he was and bowed down to him.  I am sure that for some years, Joseph had dreamed of seeing his family again.  He must have doubted when he worked in Potiphar’s house and then was thrown into prison.  Now his brothers were there.  He held their lives in his hand as they once held his in theirs.  What would he do?

                My spiritual director told me the first time I met him to pay attention to my dreams because God speaks through them.  Not everything we dream will come true.  If you get on a plane and see me pretending to be a pilot, leave.  Quickly. 

               At Pentecost, Peter saw the fulfillment of Joel’s promise that God would give his people dreams.  When you dream about the life God wants for you, what comes to mind?  Is it our goal to rule over others?  Do we dream of position, power or prestige?  Do we dream of repaying our enemies or proving to others that we were right, after all?

                After their father died, Joseph’s brothers would bow to him again and offer to be his slaves (Genesis 50:18).  Thankfully, Joseph did not dream of revenge but of redemption.  When Joseph held the power to repay his brothers, he chose to forgive and give them life instead of death.  Whatever our dreams are, God’s dream is that we will be forgiven and that we will forgive.  May his dream of redemption come true, in all our relationships, starting today.  
Pray with me:         
Father, thank you for not giving us what we deserve.  We rejoice in your sovereign purpose of forgiving us and redeeming us.  God, show us again your dream for all of mankind.  Let us so love as you so loved us.  May our forgiveness of others confirm the reality of your forgiveness of us, we pray.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.
Scripture memorization for this week:    
Romans 8:28-30
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably 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.
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Our 2021 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations Bible reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy here:
We would love for you to join us as we read through the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week.  In addition, I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  We will also memorize 2 scriptures each week.  As we journal together this year,  Robby Gallaty’s H.E.A.R. plan is a good resource: Highlight a verse that stands out to you, Explain what it means, Apply that truth to your life and Respond to what you’ve read with an action or prayer.

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