Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

The Favor and Presence of God

Today's Life Journal Bible readingGenesis 3-41; Luke 16

“The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.”
Genesis 39:2-4

There is nothing more valuable than the presence of the Lord in our lives. With God’s presence come blessing, success, favor, trust, and often, persecution. When we seek these qualities such as blessing, success, favor, and trust as goals in themselves, they are illusionary and fleeting. When we seek the Lord in order to gain these qualities, we have embraced a false gospel; however, when we seek first the kingdom of God and make the presence of the Lord our primary focus, he adds these qualities and many others to our lives. We were created to worship and serve the Lord of heaven and earth. There is no greater privilege.

“Lord Jesus, I honor you and bow before you this day. Your glory and fame are my delight. Your presence is my focus. Thank you for your hand on my life. Be glorified this day.”