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Great Expectations

Anchor Devotional - 01.26.13


"Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, and the justice of your cause
like the noonday sun."

(PSALM 37:5)

Genesis 37:2-28

Do you remember dreams you had when you were younger? Visions of being an Olympian or a world traveler or the discoverer of something great may now be replaced by family obligations and a sales job that pays the bills. Young Joseph had a dream – one the Lord placed in him indicating how the future really would be – and in it he saw his brothers bowing to him. When they threw him into a cistern and sold him into slavery, he had to question the reversal of roles. Rather than being served, he became a servant and then a prisoner. In that dream God had shown Joseph the outcome but not the process. Years of hardship would come before Joseph saw it fulfilled.


Peter teaches that God is not slow in keeping His promise, that time for Him is not the same as it is for us. And today’s passage from Psalm 37 reminds us that any of our good efforts – our righteousness – will not bring our great expectations about. It is God alone who makes our efforts shine like the sun (and shine because of the Son!) in His good timing.

Scripture Focus

Genesis 37:2-28

Insight

"FIND REST, O MY SOUL, IN GOD ALONE; MY HOPE COMES FROM HIM."
(PSALM 62:5)

Read the Bible

  • Exodus 1-2
  • Psalm 26
  • Mark 6