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Looking Forward

Posted: Monday, January 25

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Genesis 50:1 - Exodus 2:10
Matthew 16:13-17:9
Psalm 21:1-13
Proverbs 5:1-6 


Verse of the day:

Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath, and he said, “When God comes to help you and lead you back, you must take my bones with you.” (Genesis 50:25)

Joseph was a dreamer. Dreams got him into the mess with his brothers and dreams got him out of the prison and into the palace. Dreamer are people of vision and faith. They can see things as they can or should be, even while living in the moment. Joseph’s vision kept both his family and the nation of Egypt alive during the harsh years. No matter where he lived, with is father, in the pit, in Potiphar’s house, in the prison or in the palace, he was always looking forward.



Being a dreamer, I am sure that Joseph had a great imagination. This would have served him well since there was no television or radio to entertain his mind at night. As a young boy I can see his family gathered around the fire telling the stories of how God made Adam, how God saved Noah, and how God called Abraham.



In the telling of those nightly stories, I am sure Joseph remembered God making a covenant with Abraham. This story is recorded for us in Genesis 15 and tells of a time that the nation of Israel will be strangers in a foreign land for four generation (vs. 13-16). I wonder if Joseph understood that this was the beginning of that four generation period. I wonder if he saw all of Israel, a great nation leaving the land of Egypt to return to Canaan. He must have, because he made his family promise that when the 400 years were over, he wanted to travel with them to be buried in Canaan land.



Joseph lived over 100 years, yet is vision went well beyond that. Today when you pray for your family, are you looking forward to pray for the generations to come? What will your family look like in 400 years’ time? Will they be living in different states, nations, or planets? Will they have a strong faith? It is hard for us to think that far in the future, but it is possible for us to imagine the life we want for the next generation. Make sure and pray for your kids, grandkids and other students in your church. Don’t just pay it forward, pray it forward.