February 9, 2018

Genesis 42:3–6 (NLT) — 3 So Joseph’s ten older brothers went down to Egypt to buy grain. 4 But Jacob wouldn’t let Joseph’s younger brother, Benjamin, go with them, for fear some harm might come to him. 5 So Jacob’s sons arrived in Egypt along with others to buy food, for the famine was in Canaan as well. 6 Since Joseph was governor of all Egypt and in charge of selling grain to all the people, it was to him that his brothers came. When they arrived, they bowed before him with their faces to the ground.

I want to comment one more time on the sovereignty of God. Joseph’s brothers did their best to insure that they would not have to bow down to Joseph. They scoffed at him, called him names, took his coat, threw him in a pit and finally sold him. And for about thirteen years it looked like they succeeded.

Even Mrs. Potiphar thought that she had seen the last of Joseph. Imagine her surprise when Joseph’s chariot came through her neighborhood and she had to bow:) Think of how Joseph could have gotten even. She was very fortunate that Joseph left things in the sovereign hands of God. God cannot be mocked and his plans cannot be thwarted. God isn’t in a hurry. We might be in a hurry but God isn’t. He has the patience to wait and see his plan unfold.

Because God is sovereign does that mean we don’t have to take responsibility for our actions? Of course we do. It is taking responsibility and obeying God’s word that fits right in with God’s plan. Joseph never turned his back on God.

So be patient, you may have taken some detours or had some setbacks in your life in fact right now your back may be against the wall. You may have made some bad choices but you haven’t blown it. Joseph’s life took a detour into a pit and a prison and God still got him to the top. God has you sovereignly in his hand. It may seem like the odds are stacked against you but they are never stacked against the Lord. At the right time the things that he has planned for you will come to pass. Trust that what is happening in your life right now is part of his sovereign plan.

Job 19:25 (NLT) — 25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

I could use your prayers. I have been battling an illness this week and would like to be able to preach on Sunday. Also do any of you have an example that you could share with me of a time the you really felt accepted or a time when you weren’t accepted and how did that make you feel? If I use the example I will not use your name.

Also can you think of a time that someone made life just a little bit easier for you? Tell me about that time and again you can expect confidentiality. I need the examples for this Sunday. Thank you.


  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    Praying for you Pastor Dan. Drink drink drink and rest rest rest!!!
    Sorry, the nurse in me couldn’t resist! Oh and chicken soup…that helps too.😉

  2. Extra prayers for a speedy recovery from your illness. Again, thank you for your continued devotion to sharing the word with us.

    God bless!

  3. May the Lord nurse you Pastor Dan and restore you to health! Psalm 41:3 I will be thinking of some examples:)

  4. Mark Gundersen says

    Push fluids. Get rest. Take vitamin c. Rest your voice so you can preach on Sunday unless God has other plans for the service.

    • Daniel Mueller says

      Hey Dr. Mark, I have my once a year bout with bronchitis that you always gave me an antibiotic for. I saw a nurse practitioner yesterday with these same symptoms. She looked up my track record but said she could not give me the antibiotic because they were told to cut back on giving them out so frequently. She said I have to be sick for least ten days or more before I could get the antibiotic. Good to hear from you Dr. Mark and I will push the fluids and get the rest.