Editor’s Note: The AMI QT Devotionals from August 3-5 are corroborated by Jee Lee, who attends Remnant Westside Church in NYC, and Pastor Ryun.
Devotional Thought for Today
And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. 9 And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed of them.
By the time Joseph—now the prime minister of Egypt—saw his brothers who sold him into slavery, twenty-two years had passed since he had the dreams where everyone bowed down to him. At that moment, he remembered his dreams—meaning, Joseph had forgotten about those dreams for a long time. While it was Joseph’s love for God that kept him going, recalling the dreams as his brothers prostrated before Joseph must have made him realize that nothing had happened by chance.
While none of us is likely to recall something that grand at such a dramatic moment, we do recall things at a certain moment, and it can be God’s way of nudging us toward His will. A while back, Jee shared a story of remembering something while jogging, and it led to sharing the gospel with a stranger.
He writes: “Last night after work I wanted to go for a run outside and enjoy the Lord and His creation; so I headed west to the Hudson to catch the last glimpse of light. Afterwards, as I jogged back, I noticed a woman walking ahead of me with a limp. She reminded me of my mother who had a stroke when I was in middle school and ever since then, she also walks with a limp. I know the struggles she goes through because of her leg. Once, she told me how sad she felt for not being able to wear high heels again. So I was thinking, Should I go back and talk to this woman? It was getting late so I didn’t want to startle her. I decided not to, but I also knew that about 25 meters later, I would be bothered for the rest of the night. So I went back and, of course, I startled her! My first words were, ‘Excuse me, sorry to startle you. Have you ever heard of the gospel?’”
We will pick up on Jee’s story tomorrow, but for now, ask yourself this question: What did you remember today that you haven’t thought of for a long time? That could be God’s way of nudging you toward someone or something. Pray about it.
Prayer: Lord, I recall this morning the amazing grace through which I was granted salvation. I also remember many moments in which You repeatedly showered me with Your faithfulness, even though I deserved none of it. Being fueled by my gratefulness toward You, may I obey You in all things. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Psalm 128
Lunch Break Study
Read 2 Peter 1:12-3: Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder.
Joshua 4:6-7: When your children ask in time to come, “What do those stones mean to you?” 7 then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.
Heb. 2:1: Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
Questions to Consider
- What do these verses assume about our nature, as far as remembering the things of the Lord?
- Accordingly, what will help us to recall what the Lord has done in the past and His words?
- What are the things and who are the people that can consistently remind us of the things of God?
- They clearly don’t believe that once we are taught something, we will always remember it. They take it for granted that we may forget the things of God or lack motivation to obey them.
- Peter suggests constant reminders through familiar teachings; Joshua recommends using a meaningful symbol to be reminded (e.g., photos, or in the case of Jee, people who walk with a limp);the writer of Hebrews suggests that we pay close attention when we listen to God’s truth.
- Daily Bible reading is the best means to be reminded of God’s truth; pastors who explain God’s truth to us is another important means for us to remember the things of God. And there is the Holy Spirit who reminds us of Jesus’ words at meaningful, opportune times.
Perhaps, you are about to go to sleep. Close your eyes and ask the Lord to help you to remember something that you need to address or someone whom you need to meet. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you; if you sense something or someone, then ask the Lord what you now need to do. Whatever you believe is from the Lord, weigh it carefully according to the Scripture. For instance, if you all of sudden recall an old friend whom you offended some time ago, and you sense that you need to apologize (totally biblical), then do it.