Dreams and Preparation

Today’s Readings: Gen 41:17-42:17, Matt 13:24-46, Psalm 18:1-15, Prov 4:1-6

Joseph shared many gifts.  Of all his talents of intelligence, interpersonal skills, hard work, and determination, I admire most the character of his integrity.  When all around him are cheating, cutting corners, seeking self gain, Joseph is able to see the bigger picture.  I believe this contributes to his ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams.

We all go through seasons of abundance and seasons of drought.  Joseph is able to see a vision of what things can be and has earned the respect of even Pharaoh to have a voice.  Knowing that we too journey through peaks and valleys, how do we as a community live into the vision God has for us?  How do we prepare so that the gifts we store are generously shared?

Day 20 and still going.  Let’s keep walking.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob

*Don’t miss tomorrow’s reflection prepared by my friend and mentor, Kip Murphy.

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  1. Bob Shepard
    Bob Shepard says:

    In Matthew, Jesus talks of fire just as he talked about the sword. “Just as the weeds are seperated out and burned, so it will be at the end of the world.” “— they will throw them into the furnace and burn them.” “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
    What is this violence forecast from Jesus the purveyor of love and foregiveness? Have we strayed from the strict laws of behavior laid down by God in hopes that all will be foregiven and we can escape the tough love that God has prescribed?

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    • Pastor Rob Smith
      Pastor Rob Smith says:

      Maybe it is my optimism, but I hold all of this together with an eternal hope of the idea that God’s judgment is just and God’s justice is one that proclaims “forgive them, for they know not what they do.” As I shared in an earlier post, the convicting verses such as these are almost always directed to the insider and the religious . Still more questions than answers, and you ask very good ones.

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