UNREST TO REST
Acts 7:9-10 (10) – And delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. (NKJV)
Rest is derived from the word “unrest.” This means that there will be rest, gain, and fame from any unrest, pain, or shame. Jesus said in John 16:33 that “in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” There will undoubtedly be circumstances that may cause people and nations to shiver in 2023, but God is reassuring you that in the midst of all, you and your household will enjoy peace.
The Book of Genesis chronicled Joseph’s experience from unrest to rest. He went through several troubles, including the hatred his brothers had for him. However, God was with him and made him the prime minister of Egypt. The interesting part of Joseph’s story was that he became second in command to Pharaoh at age 30 and died at age 110. Joseph endured his challenges for a small portion of his life but lived in rest and royalty for 80 good years.
Beloved, the good news is that as you enter the new year in a few hours, all your toil and unrest will amount to your rest. The uncomfortable position you found yourself in before is preparing you for your promotion next year. Like Joseph, God has built you for the next glorious phase of your life. Therefore, as seen in today’s Bible reading that Joseph was highly favoured through his journey from unrest to the restful place (palace), you will pray for divine favour to sail into rest come 2023.
Hymn: Higher Ground – Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1898)
1. Father, please single me out for favour and endow me with wisdom as I live a life of rest in 2023.
1. Spend time worshipping and praising God for answers to your prayers in this prayer programme and in 2023.
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