Podcast #236: “Better For It” by Riley Clemmons

Exploring the Suffering of Joseph in Genesis 37-50

My eyes are different now that I’m older. When something is too close to my face it gets all blurry and I can’t see it clearly. That’s how suffering is. When we’re too close to it we sometimes can’t see clearly how God might be able to use it to develop our character or impact His Kingdom. Riley Clemmon’s song “Better For It” reminds us that our good is on the other side of it all.

Joseph had some growing up to do and his suffering not only made him “better for it,” but changed the course of history.

On this week’s episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Read and keep on reading
    • Read aloud
    • Listen to an audio version of Scripture
    • Share with a friend
  • Timothy Keller’s book, “Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering”
  • How you can understand Scripture differently when you read it out loud with life and enthusiasm
  • What kind of person gives a bad report about others – Genesis 37:2
  • How tattling isn’t just for kids, and the reasons and consequences of the practice
  • Jacob’s favoritism toward Joseph – Genesis 37:3-4
  • Joseph’s dysfunctional family and his dysfunctional family tree
  • The reminder that while God cares about our individual lives and our individual stories, we are a part of a bigger Kingdom story that He wants to tell to draw all men to Him

 

 

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Watch the official music video below.

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This Week’s Challenge

Be encouraged by God’s Truth! It’s so much easier to see when you study someone else’s life, and perhaps you’re in the midst of pain so great you don’t yet have the hindsight you will have in the future. But be assured that God wants to shape you, mold you, and use you! As you endure you’ll be better for it. Read (and keep on reading) beginning in Genesis 37. Try reading out loud with life and enthusiasm with a friend!

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