Session 48

God always shows up

From Genesis: A 7-Week Devotional

God often shows up in the most unexpected situations. In Genesis 43, Jacob’s family is suffering from a famine in the land. He sends his sons to Egypt to purchase food. After their trip, the sons discover the silver they used to buy food was put back in their sacks. Out of food again, Jacob instructed his boys to return to Egypt to purchase more and return the silver. In Genesis 43:23, the sons fearfully attempt to return the silver only to be told: “...Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks...”

God is never caught off guard by our circumstances.

Payday is bittersweet. After paying bills, we can often sit staring at an empty bank account, gas tank, and empty bellies to fill. The good news is, God is never caught off guard by our circumstances. He is not worried even when we feel like we are barely making it from check to check. At just the right time He can provide all that we need. If everything is smooth sailing there is no need for God to step in and do the miraculous. Maybe you won't find treasure in your pockets this week, but we serve a creative God, and He loves to provide in unexpected ways. What do you need from God this week? Why not ask Him? We can be confident because God is a God of miracles.

In the toughest times, God is waiting for the perfect opportunity to bless our socks off. You may be going through an emotional, spiritual or financial famine. Don’t be afraid, God is in control. What blessings will you find in your sack today?


  • Blessing doesn’t have to be monetary. Think back over last year. How did God unexpectedly bless you? What did those experiences teach you about Him?
  • How could you unexpectedly bless someone else today?
  • Is there anything you need to ask God for today?

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Session 1

How much beauty do you miss every day?

Parents who take walks with young children know any walk with a toddler will be a long one. Toddlers stop whenever something attract...

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Session 2

How to survive an identity crisis

Identity is an all-consuming word. We use our identity to define how we perceive ourselves, what choices we make, and how we portray ours...

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Session 3

What to remember when you think you don’t have time for rest

When was the last time you rested? When was the last time you celebrated a job well done and said "no" to worry? God wants us to live lik...

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Session 4

Four ways the husband and wife bond is unlike any other

At McGill University Medical Center, in Montreal, Donald Hebb isolated volunteers and limited stimulation to their senses. His experiment...

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Session 5

One time compromise is not OK

Compromise is often encouraged. But, not when it comes to sin. Every sin starts with one seemingly small, harmless compromise. A decisio...

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Session 6

God has a question for you

We’ve all stood in Adam’s shoes, thinking we’re getting away with something that doesn’t seem too bad. Our stomac...

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Session 7

What does God really want?

What does God really want from me? Until we answer that question, it’s like working a jigsaw puzzle in the dark. There is a picture...

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Session 8

Are you making the most of your time?

Was her birthday really yesterday, and I forgot to call? How did this deadline sneak up so quickly?    We’ve all been t...

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Session 9

What to do when following Jesus feels foolish

Do you trust God? Most followers of Jesus would answer “yes” without even pausing to consider the question. But, do we reall...

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Session 10

Ever wonder why God showed you mercy?

Have you ever wondered why God would choose to save you? Why does He choose to give us mercy instead of punishing us with death? &nb...

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Session 11

Are you tired of waiting?

Imagine you have been on a long road trip. You’ve been in the car with your entire family and even your dog, Gizmo. Imagine you&rsq...

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Session 12

Need proof that God keeps His promises?

Not too long ago, South Carolina experienced the kind of flooding that only happens once every thousand years. There was loss of life, pr...

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Session 13

The best way to handle someone else’s mistake

We don’t like it when others call attention to our mistakes. Yet, how often do we call attention to others when they mess up? Maybe...

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Session 14

What are you building your life on?

One more promotion, and then I can work fewer hours. The payments will be a stretch, but it’s the exact car I’ve been wantin...

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Session 15

God cares about the big and small stuff in your life

I know God is calling me to this job, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to cover all my bills. God promises to take care of my...

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Session 16

How to set the stage for blessing

Every year the stage is set for the NFL Draft. Players wait in the green room to hear their name called. The joy on each player’s f...

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Session 17

What to do when friends walk away from God

Think of someone you used to follow God with. Perhaps it’s a friend you attended a Bible study with, a relative you grew up with, o...

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Session 18

God doesn’t lie

Have you ever felt lost, alone or afraid? Maybe a job loss has you scared about the future. Maybe strain in your marriage has you feelin...

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Session 19

What to do when God seems to be taking His time

Have you ever wanted something so badly you had to get your hands on it before it was released? Maybe, it was getting the newest iPhone b...

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Session 20

You are not alone in your pain

Lost and desperate, our only defense is to run away from our problems. Our problems—ranging from the death of a loved one to someon...

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Session 21

What do you need to let go of?

You have something great — a relationship, friendship, or position at work. If God told you to give that up, would you? It wouldn&r...

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Session 22

How do you handle the impossible?

Have you ever felt stuck in a season of life—confused about where to go to school or what major to choose, unsure when you’ll...

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Session 23

You aren’t who you used to be

We have all been in a rough situation. We know it is not good, but we find it hard to leave. Maybe you have a group of friends, a relatio...

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Session 24

Who to call when you hit rock bottom

Here we are again. We are fighting the same sin again feeling so beat up, so unworthy. We have tried and tried; we have prayed and prayed...

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Session 25

Put your belief into practice

A group of children dare their friend to climb to the top of the highest tree in the park. Everyone thinks this is a great idea—exc...

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Session 26

What you need to know about God’s timing

How do you feel when you hear “in God’s time”? Frustrated, like you’ll have to wait forever? Why do we assume wa...

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Session 27

One time desperation is a good thing

Sometimes we do crazy things when we feel desperate. When anxiety becomes overwhelming or temptation becomes too great, we can throw ever...

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Session 28

When opportunity comes, opposition often follows

It’s easy to follow Jesus when life is full of open doors and opportunity. But, what about when we face obstacles and opposition&md...

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Session 29

What to do when you know you’ve messed up

Have you ever done something you knew was wrong, but rather than speak up you went along with the plan? That’s what happens to Jaco...

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Session 30

The proper response to sin

forgiveness repentance

How do you react when you are confronted with your sin? Do you try to excuse or make up for your sin? Or, do you feel genuine remorse tha...

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Session 31

How to break the hold jealousy has on your life

When you have siblings, growing up is a constant battle of who can get the best of the other one. Whether it’s whose turn it is to ...

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Session 32

God wants a relationship with you

One of the “superstar” families of the Bible would have to be Abraham, his wife Sarah, their maid Hagar, and their children, ...

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Session 33

Are you willing to work for it?

With the touch of a button, we can tweet, post, access, purchase, communicate, and create. We can say what we want when we want and buy ...

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Session 34

God is always faithful


When the pregnancy tests all come back negative, when it would be easier to cut corners at work, when our bank balance doesn’t...

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Session 35

How to know God’s will

discipleship God's will

Most of us would love to hear the audible voice of God. But let’s be real: Even if God spoke to us audibly, we would probably still...

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Session 36

Wrestling with the right things


The night before Jacob is to reunite with his brother, Esau, Jacob sends his family and servants ahead of him and spends the night wrestl...

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Session 37

Your life is never beyond repair

salvation forgiveness suffering

Flipping is where someone takes something that seems beyond repair and restores it to better than its original state. The flipper has a u...

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Session 38

Don’t let temptation win


What tempts us is unique to each of us. It could be anything from our desire to spread gossip at work to having lustful thoughts when an ...

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Session 39

What are you willing to do to get out this?


Jacob was in a pinch. In Genesis 34, his sons’ revenge had put his whole family in danger, and he wasn’t sure where to go. Th...

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Session 40

Your life has a ripple effect

salvation forgiveness decision making

We’ve all made foolish decisions. Sometimes we’re willing to admit that our decisions affect those around us, and other times...

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Session 41

Don’t stop chasing your dreams

planning purpose dreams

You had a vision to start a new business. You felt you should go back to school to further your education. You dreamed of starting a chur...

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Session 42

Your pain is not in vain

purpose suffering

Fictional characters who endure hardship and die to save somebody else are often called Christ figures. As Christians, if someone wrote a...

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Session 43

Finding the balance between responsibility and reward

obedience responsibility

Genesis is hardly a dull book. Filled with murder, incest, polygamy, fraud, infighting, and genocide, it reads more like Mario Puzo than ...

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Session 44

Give God control

trust faith blessing

God looked favorably upon Joseph, and others quickly noticed it. Potiphar purchased Joseph to be a servant, but he quickly recognized th...

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Session 45

The friend who never fails

jesus friendship

In Genesis 40, the cupbearer had fallen really far, just like Joseph. He had gone from being the guy Pharaoh trusted with his life to bei...

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Session 46

You’re not being punished

forgiveness failure

“And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.’” Genesis 41:41Joseph was in a...

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Session 47

Are you blinded by sin?

forgiveness repentance

“Their hearts sank, and they turned to each other trembling and said, ‘What is this that God has done to us?’” Ge...

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Session 48

God always shows up

money provision

God often shows up in the most unexpected situations. In Genesis 43, Jacob’s family is suffering from a famine in the land. He send...

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