Tag Archives: overcoming accusations

A Series of Unfortunate Events

       A Series of Unfortunate Events                      

“I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon” (Genesis 40:15).

Scripture: Genesis 40:9–15
Song: “Safely, Safely Gathered In”

The newscast that night caught my attention. A man charged and convicted of a ghastly crime would soon be released from prison. The court system and his attorneys had reopened the case after they discovered certain inconsistencies. After evaluating the new DNA evidence, the jury exonerated him of any crime. Such testing methods were not available during his first trial, so he’d spent 15 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Even so, the man did not appear sad or angry. Instead, he was looking forward to redeeming the time he had lost.

With advances in crime scene investigation, some people wrongly incarcerated are enjoying freedom, a new lease on life. Joseph found himself in a similar situation. A series of events landed him in an underground prison cell. Yet he had done nothing wrong. Still, he didn’t allow his imprisonment to sour his spiritual outlook. He used the situation to tell people about his faith in God.

God often uses adversity to birth a greater purpose for our lives. In Joseph’s case, he earned an Egyptian pardon and became Pharaoh’s highest-ranking advisor. Exercising patience and trusting God worked for Joseph, and it can for us as well.

O Lord, without all the facts, people are prone to misjudge. When that happens, remind me to pray for wisdom and to trust You for the outcome. Through Christ, amen.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

Purchase printed issue of Devotions or 365 Devotions.


Drop Your Stones

Drop Your Stones

Read Exodus 16:1 through 18:27

forlorn pastorChurch attendance had risen. Spirits were high, the mood upbeat, complaints nonexistent. Everything appeared fine until the building fund ran out of money. Then the grumbling started: “Maybe we shouldn’t have started this building project. Where did all the money go? Besides, wasn’t it the pastor’s idea?”

The young pastor felt stunned by all the questions. He adjourned the business meeting for a short recess. Some church members milled around the lobby; a few knelt at their pews. The discouraged pastor entered his office to gather some paperwork, but what he really needed was direction. Closing the door, he dropped to his knees in heartfelt prayer.

Moses faced a similar dilemma when the water supply ran out on the way to the Promised Land. “Then Moses cried out to the LORD, ‘What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me’” (Exodus 17:4).

kneeling in prayerWhen situations turn dire, we should pause for a moment and seek God. He has the solution for every predicament: Some require wisdom; others need a divine miracle. Either way, the best course of action is prayer, not throwing stones.

Prayer Suggestion: Facing problems? Cry out to the Lord with all your heart. God always has the answer.

Quicklook: Exodus 17:1–7

—Charles Earl Harrel

Pray that God would help you be faithful in sharing His love with others.

God’s Word for Today © 2009 Gospel Publishing House (used by permission).

Order God’s Word for Today devotional guides.
Visit Gospel Publishing House.