Opportunities to Minister
When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials . . . “Why are your faces so sad today?” (Genesis 40:6, 7).
Scripture: Genesis 40:1–8
Song: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (by Joseph M. Scriven)
While her brother rested, Lonora wandered out into the waiting area at Portland VA Medical Center, looking for a quiet place to sort out her thoughts. Anguish filled her heart. Her brother, Ken, lay nearby in the critical care unit. Just weeks before, her other brother had died tragically.
Lonora located a vacant seat and sat down. She needed solitude. Instead, she heard loud, crude remarks being directed at an already distraught woman. Like Lonora, this woman was deeply concerned about a loved one. Comments from insensitive relatives had only made the situation worse. Moved by compassion, Lonora approached her. She spoke words of comfort, offered a short prayer, and then gave her a tender hug. The embrace released tears of healing for both women.
In today’s passage Joseph encounters jailed servants who had offended Pharaoh. Thankfully for them, providence had placed Joseph in the same jail to offer encouragement. And God will put needful people in our paths as well. Discouraging circumstances provide the perfect opportunity for ministry.
Spirit of the Living God, many people today face difficulties in their lives. Please lead me to those who need Your encouragement. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“Opportunities to Minister” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.
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