Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 23, 2019

“Yet God was with him, and rescued him from all his afflictions”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 7:9-16.

“The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt.  Yet God was with him, and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household.

“Now a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction with it, and our fathers could find no food.  But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time.  On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family was disclosed to Pharaoh.  Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five persons in all.  And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died.  From there they were removed to Shechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.”  Acts 7:9-16.

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When we read today’s Scripture, we may think at first that God only rescued Joseph from all his afflictions, but when we meditate on Psalm chapter 34, we notice the progression of hope that comes these following three verses all in Psalm chapter 34.

“This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.”  Psalm 34:6.

Oh!  The Lord did not only save Joseph from his troubles.  The Lord also saved the Psalmist who identified himself as a poor man.  I am also a poor (humble) man.  This verse gives me hope.  Maybe, the Lord will also save me.

“The righteous cry, and the LORD hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.”  Psalm 34:17.

Wow!  There is another verse.  Not only was the poor man saved, the Lord delivers all of the righteous out of all their troubles.  

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the LORD delivers him out of them all.”  Psalm 34:19.

This was stated 3 times in this chapter!  It must be true!!  And, even though the afflictions of the righteous are many, the LORD delivers all of the righteous out of all their afflictions.  

“Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;  therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.”  2 Thessalonians 1:2-4.


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