“The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.”

1 Samuel 2:7

When I experience illness, loss, or difficulty, it is helpful to know that God is sovereign and loves me. The accounts of Joseph and Moses illustrate God’s great sovereignty and love. He brought both of these men through extraordinarily hard circumstances in order to fulfill His purposes for His people.

Joseph, the youngest of 12 brothers, became proud as his father showed favoritism towards him. Sold by his brothers into slavery and then falsely accused by his employer’s wife, he spent years being humbled in jail. In time, he rose to great heights of power and fame. God guided him, taught him forgiveness, and in the process saved thousands from famine.

Moses, adopted into Egyptian royalty, later learned he was of lowly Hebrew origin. He committed murder and spent 40 years in the Midian desert. Humbled, he was then called to lead one of the most extraordinary events of all history, the Exodus.

This God of humility—not the false version of the God I grew up with in Mormonism—also has reached down to me and to you.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 45:3-4


“See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9)

Bible In A Year

  • 2 Kings 17
  • Proverbs 19
  • 1 John 3-4