Word at Work May 2, 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 1
Scripture: Genesis 44:4

When the Lord woke me up at 4:44 AM He said, “Look up what this means.” I was led to the fourth verse of the five different places in Scripture where there are 44 chapters. Genesis 44:4 says, “When they had gone out of the city, and were not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward, ‘Get up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, “Why have you repaid evil for good?”’” Joseph used his favorite cup to bring his brothers back and deal with the core issue of the early years of his life. That core issue became a foundation for every person who is called to make any contribution for God. The same war that Jesus faced by the baptism and cup, we face by a baptism and a cup. The ultimate issue, is “Why have you repaid me evil for good?” Jesus took all the evil that could be poured forth in order to redeem mankind and pour out salvation. The preparational process demands that we taste the parallel measure determined by our call. We fill up in our generation what is missing in the suffering of Christ (Colossians 1:24-28). Persecution from the perverse justifies perdition (Phil. 1:27-30).


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