When they were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in it, wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people, He allowed no one to oppress them; He rebuked kings on their account, saying, "Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!" When He summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread, He had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. His feet were hurt with fetters; his neck was put in a collar of iron; until what He had said came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him. The king sent and released him; the ruler of the peoples set him free; he made him lord of his house and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure and to teach his elders wisdom. Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. And the LORD made His people very fruitful and made them stronger than their foes. He turned their hearts to hate His people, to deal craftily with His servants.
Lord, as I think back on my life, during that bleak period when I was not walking with you, even then Your hand was upon me. Your shield was around me. Your angels stood between me and the folly of my ways. You are faithful even when I am not.
And now, I see many of those instances when You intervened, and know that there are many more that I do not recognize. Thank You and praise You, my Lord and Savior. I cannot repay You for Your grace and mercy but I can show my love, appreciation, and gratitude by obeying You.