Today’s exhortation – you shall surely reap!
I believe there’s a lot of power in small acts of kindness and compassion. We often look at big things to determine what God’s doing in our lives, but He moves just as effectively in the small things. A simple act of kindness can take us a very long way as we will see in Joseph’s case. He was in prison with Pharaoh’s chief butler and chief baker who were there for angering Pharaoh. The bible says, One day, Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. So he asked them, “Why do you look so sad today?” (Genesis 40:6-7). That question and what follows will one day take Joseph before Pharaoh. This simple act of compassion and concern for other people will be rewarded beyond his wildest dreams.
The men were sad because they each had dreams which they didn’t understand and Joseph interpreted it for them. After, he said to the butler, “remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.” (Genesis 40:14). However, he forgot him, but God didn’t. Two full years later, Joseph was brought before Pharaoh on account of that act of kindness and will become prime minister of Egypt. It is written, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9). Amen!