Keywords: failure, fear, presence, sin, trust
40:08. “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”
The marginal reading is correct; God is in everything. He has every right to be considered and known in all parts of my life; the ordinary tasks, the hard work, creative endeavors, and my dreams. It challenges me to consider the areas where I’ve kept God at a distance, either through lack of trust or disobedience (which go together anyway).
I can think of a few. My relationship with Bob. I still don’t trust him. Maybe that means I don’t trust God, but I’m definitely holding back. That pain runs deep.
Another relates to yesterday’s readings, and not being able to stick to projects. In the back of my mind, I think it won’t work anyway. I’ve predetermined failure so give up. I should be checking out God. Is He in it? And if He is, how can it fail?
The reading says to deliberately watch for God in these things. I don’t do that with much, which reveals that I’m not like Joseph. He saw God in everything. I thought that I did, but Janet comes to mind. She sees Him in far more than I do. It isn’t that He isn’t there but that I’m not looking.
Lord, I’ve a long way to go. My selfishness keeps me from even looking for You. When I think that the essence of sin is “each person goes their own way,” I realize once again what a sinner I am.
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