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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Devotional: January 24th
“I the world ye shall have tribulation.”
Genesis 37:2-14 , Genesis 37:18-24 , Genesis 37:28 , Genesis 37:31-35
Joseph was Jacob’s best loved and most tried son. Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth. This chapter opens a long scene of suffering.
His piety led him to protest against the wrongdoing of his brethren. He would not join them in evil, nor aid them by concealing their evil deeds.
Whom God favours the ungodly are sure to dislike. The evil hate the righteous.
Genesis 37:34 , Genesis 37:35
This was a very painful transaction, but let us. not forget that the Lord overruled it for the highest good.
Crosses and changes are their lot,
Long as they sojourn here;
But since their Saviour changes not,
What have his saints to fear?
“The Lord shall preserve thy soul.”
Genesis 39:1-6 , Genesis 39:16-23
Grace enabled Joseph to make the best of his position, and to be amiable, industrious, and useful. This was as it should be. A child of God, even as a slave, should honour his religion, and God will bless hint in so doing.
This shows that Joseph did not fall into Egyptian idolatry, but avowed his faith in Jehovah, so that his master saw that Jehovah was with him.
The fear of God leads to honesty and faithfulness, and this is often the road to promotion even among men. Godliness hath the promise of the life that now is.
This became a trial to him. Personal beauty is a dangerous gift: we must not be proud of it, but be the more guarded in our conduct if we possess it.
Joseph found a tempter in his master’s wife, who would have led him into great sin. He refused to listen to her disgraceful request, and said, “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” The wicked woman again and again sought to lead him astray, and at last seized him, and held him, so that, to escape from her, he had to leave his garment in her hand. Then her wicked heart turned to malice, and she charged Joseph with being guilty of that unclean action which he had so earnestly refused.
Thus she convinced her husband by showing the garment, which, could it have spoken, would have declared his innocence. A great deal of evidence may be brought against a perfectly innocent man. Let us, therefore, be slow to condemn persons of unblemished character.
Genesis 36:19 , Genesis 36:20
Here his feet were hurt with fetters, and the iron entered into his soul.
God is as much with his servants in a prison as in a palace; he does not desert us however low we may be brought.
When a good man is thrown down he is soon up again. Truth ever floats where sin is drowned.
May each youthful descendant of godly parents be so kept by God’s grace that the Lord may always be with him. Keep God’s favour, and nothing is lost. Lose that, and all is gone.
Endow me, Lord, with godly fear,
A quick discerning eye,
To look to thee when sin is near,
And from the tempter fly.
Create in me a holy mind,
A sin-abhorring will,
That tramples down, and casts behind
The baits of pleasing ill.
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