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God's Word For Today

Daily Devotional


Read Genesis 45:1 through 47:31

Opening the door, Maddie was surprised to see a group of her friends from school. They blindfolded her, bundled her into a car, and drove in random circles until she was disoriented, all the while refusing to divulge their plan. When they finally arrived at the mysterious destination, they tore off her blindfold to reveal they were back at her house! A huge group of friends and family cheered, welcoming her to a surprise sixteenth birthday party.


Blindfolded and lost, Maddie nonetheless trusted that her friends would take her somewhere good. Joseph reassured his family that though his journey had been dark, the destination was worth the trip. 


“Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you” (Genesis 45:5).


Human frailties are blindfolds, preventing people from seeing how suffering could ever lead anywhere good. But God has promised to use life’s hardships, however dark and disorienting, to make believers like Jesus. The road that can’t be seen may be the road home.


Prayer Suggestion: Help me keep my eyes on You, Lord, and not on the dark valleys I must cross.


Quicklook: Genesis 45:1–12