Read Genesis 49:1 through 50:26; Matthew 13:10–23
Have you ever felt attacked? Maybe someone has made fun of you for believing God created the world. Maybe someone has scorned you because you stand on what the Bible says about a moral issue. Perhaps someone has spewed bitterness because you believe in a God they don’t know. We’re human, and these attacks hurt. They’re becoming more common in our world. So how can we survive them?
“Archers attacked him savagely; they shot at him and harassed him. But his bow remained taut, and his arms were strengthened by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel” (Genesis 49:23–24).
Joseph knew what it was like to live righteously in a society that didn’t follow God. He knew what it was like to receive the fiery darts Satan sent on bows drawn by humans. Yet he stayed strong. How? He survived because His faith was steady. His hope was in the God of his father, his own God. When people put their faith in God, no attack can destroy them.
Prayer Suggestion: Father, when those fiery arrows come—and they will—kept me steady and focused.
Quicklook: Genesis 49:22–26