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A Fish Story of Life-Changing Proportions
The saying goes, “If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.”
What if the process went like this … ?
GIVE a man a fish, which can PROVIDE a NEED & SECURITY
TEACH the man how to use a fish, which can SUPPLY INSTRUCTION & KNOWLEDGE
TRAIN the man to fish, which can FOSTER a SKILL & COMPETENCE
EMPOWER that man to give a fish to someone else, which can INSTILL OWNERSHIP & SIGNIFICANCE
Then, how different might our world be?
Father, make a difference in my heart that’s daily evident in my life.
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“…But God was with him and rescued him from ALL his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom…” (v 9-10)
Father, I realize that this little portion of this chapter doesn’t bring out the whole of what You were conveying through Stephen’s speech. Yet, today, this is the part that wrapped itself around me–the portion that highlights an aspect of Your character that touches my life today.
YOUR PRESENCE–“But God was with him…”
You are with me. You never leave me. You’re always here beside me, even when I don’t notice … even when I fall … even when I’m too stubborn to acknowledge You … even when I’m too proud … even when I’m distraught … You are constantly Immanuel, “God with us.”
YOUR PROTECTION–“But God…rescued him from all his troubles…”
YOU are my Defender, not me. YOU are my shield, not another human being. You alone can bring the true victory in each battle waged against my spirit, mind and body.
YOUR PROVISION–“…He gave Joseph wisdom and…”
You know exactly what I need for what I’ll face. You know just when I’ll need what I’ll need. YOU are my Source for all things–My Creator and Sustainer of this life I live for You as You work to make me just like Jesus! Amen.