January 16 | Daily Devotion

If you plan to read every verse of Scripture this year, use the  Lectio Continua (continuous reading) passages. The Lectio Semi-continua (shorter reading) is an abbreviated selection of verses from the day’s passages. Lectio Divina (divine reading) is Pastor Lionel Young’s commentary on the daily readings. See the Resources page on the Lectio Divina website for additional study helps.

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina (meditation on the text)

“The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.” ~Genesis 39:23

Although the biblical storyteller praises Joseph’s integrity, his success is ultimately the result of the Lord’s blessing. In fact, nothing seems to go right for Joseph except God’s favor. God spreads His blessing to the household of Potiphar “because of Joseph, “ but the man’s wife spitefully accuses Joseph of rape (Gen 29:5, 17). Just when things start looking up for the favored-son-turned-slave, he finds himself in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Yet, even in prison, “the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did” (Gen. 39:23).

Perhaps you find yourself in a place you would prefer not to be. It might be a difficult marriage or a less-than-ideal work situation. Perhaps you would rather be living in a different town or attending a different school. Here is a word of encouragement: God can bless you right where you are. Decide that you will commit yourself to trusting the God who is sovereign over all things, even your difficult situation. Commit yourself, as Joseph did, to being a person who does what is right in the face of hardship (Gen. 39:9). Pray for God to walk with you where you are and to bless you in all that you do. May God be with you and bless you today, even in difficult places!

Lectio Divina  is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of  Calvary Church  in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of  A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.