THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019
PROSPERITY IN ADVERSITY
TEXT: GENESIS 39: 2, 3
â€œAnd the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous manâ€¦ And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his handâ€ (Genesis 39: 2, 3).
A biology teacher taught his students the development of butterfly from caterpillar (or chrysalis) stage. He brought the cocoon to demonstrate the painful struggle needed to free the butterfly. He warned that they should not help it. In his absence, a student helped to free the butterfly out of pity, but it later died. The teacher explained that the butterfly died because it had not developed and strengthened its wings through painful struggles. The story shows that good things donâ€™t come easily. Beloved, life is full of adversity. Joseph, in our text, experienced many adversities. He exercised patience, faith and fear of God and was prospered. You should have a positive attitude in bad times. Courageous people prosper in tough times. Conrad Hilton, the owner of a chain of international hotels, was busy buying more hotels during a recession in America, while others were selling theirs. That brought him prosperity later. Are you experiencing some challenges presently? Look up to Jesus. Donâ€™t give up. He understands your situation and will turn your adversity to prosperity.
Challenge: Focus on God in times of adversity, He will prosper you.
Prayer: O Lord, give me grace to endure in times of adversity.
Quote: Look up to Jesus! Donâ€™t give up.
Bible Reading in one Year: Hebrews 12: 1-11