Summary: God’s Faithfulness and Our Obedience Tonight we are going to look at the payday of Obedience for Joseph, Jacob and the whole family of Israel
God’s Faithfulness and Our Obedience
Tonight we are going to look at the payday of Obedience for Joseph, Jacob and the whole family of Israel
Who hear knows who Nelson Mandela is? He is a man with both strengths and weaknesses, but as I looked at his life I realized he was a man with a destination, and even though many things got in the way. He reached the destination.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela IPA: [roli’ɬaɬa] (born July 18, 1918) was the first President of South Africa to be elected in fully-representative democratic elections. Before his presidency he was a prominent anti-apartheid activist committed to non-violence, but later became involved in the planning of underground armed resistance activities. Mandela’s 27-year imprisonment, much of which he spent in a tiny prison cell on Robben Island, became one of the most widely publicized examples of apartheid’s injustices. Although the apartheid regime and nations sympathetic to it considered him and the ANC to be terrorist, Mandela’s support of the armed struggle against apartheid is now generally regarded as justified. Moreover, the policy of reconciliation Mandela pursued upon his release in 1990 facilitated a peaceful transition to democracy in South Africa.
Having received over a hundred awards over four decades, Mandela is currently a celebrated elder statesman who continues to voice his opinion on topical issues.
South Africa’s first democratic elections in which full enfranchisement was granted were held on April 27, 1994. The ANC won the majority in the election, and Mandela, as leader of the ANC, was inaugurated as the country’s first black State President, with the National party’s FW de Klerk as his deputy president in the Government of National Unity.
As President, (May 1994 – June 1999), Mandela presided over the transition from minority rule and apartheid, winning international respect for his advocacy of national and international reconciliation.
I asked this of our Life Group this week Where is God taking your to? I feel so convicted about getting my focused constantly detoured to what God is just taking me through. So we are going to break this section of Scripture down, and we can see it as a big Pay Day of God’s Faithfulness in relation to Human Obedience. We are going to talk about Pay Day’s for Family – Careers – and Relationships. All these Pay Day’s come through Obedience and point to God’s Faithfulness.
As we near the end of our time in Genesis I hope you have observed how focused the people are on what God has promised them, and they believe God is going to get it done eventually. If God doesn’t answer my prayers today or at least this week I give up. I have been challenged to have greater endurance in these last few weeks.
Lets Talk about Family
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29 Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time.
30 Israel said to Joseph, Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.
Joseph’s call to lead and provide for his family is the plot and Climax of this Story. The climax was not when he was the ruler of Potiphars house, it was not when he ruled all Egypt. It is when he has been reunited with his family. They honor him and he provides them land, food, and protection. This was given to Joseph as a destination because he was the youngest and it was not natural.
I want to make a case that we have some natural Destinations when it comes to Family
Right now I have three Family Destination in my life. They call me to obedience and have some clear Pay Days.
• I am a first born son, and I feel it is my responsibility to help my parents live out their lives with dignity and peace. They don’t need my help yet, but when the famine comes, and when their journey becomes heavy. I know I need to be there to provide. In a good way there is a Pay Day in being a provider in the time of need.
• Next, I am a husband and I am called to love my Wife as my own Body. Each anniversary is a reminder that I have been obedient to this call. God faithfulness makes our marriage beautiful and growing, but I need to make myself available through obedience.
• Finally, I have a son and through having this son I accepted a call with specific destinations. There will be a Pay Day when my son chooses Obedience to God. There will be a Pay Day when he Graduates from High School or at least Eighth Grade. A Pay Day when he marries. A Pay Day when he begins a Family of his own. A Pay Day if I have taught him how to help his Dad in his final years of life.