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Genesis 42:18-38

Lots of emotions, reactions and actions in Genesis 42:18-38. Joseph is sad and hurting, his brothers are fearful and afraid and Jacob is distraught and unyielding. So what didn't I see? Anyone seeking God. This got me thinking about times when, in the heat of the moment, I allow myself to be driven by my emotions. Before I know it, I've responded to someone or to an important situation based on my feelings with no consultation of God. Not wise on my part.

So what is it that causes us to look to ourselves--our emotions, our feelings--rather than God? How can we do a better job of seeking God right away when something happens that triggers intense emotions like fear, anger and distress? Tami W.

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If we regularly pray throughout the day, when these triggers come up it will be easier to turn to God, we'll already be in the habit of turning to Him. Also, I have a friend who I call to tell my news to. She always reminds me to take my troubles to God and that God is in control.

It's so easy to rely on ourselves, out of old habits--we forget that we can go to God right at the time of the conflict, and ask for his help. It helps me to read the Bible daily, and meditate on passages such as this one. I see Joseph and his brothers doing what I often do, and I try to learn this lesson from the Bible passage. Going to God immediately is not something I'm used to doing, so it is hard. But as I practice it, I think it will become easier and easier. So, my answer would be studying the Bible, learning its lessons, and striving to react differently by going to God first. Also, I believe that if I go to God and pray for His help, He will provide it!

Our sinful nature causes us to look at ourselves and our own strength before we consult our Creator God. The best thing we can do to break that cycle is, as others have said, to be in relationship with God. So that He is the first one we call on, the first one we consult, the first thought we have when faced with intense emotions and the situations that cause them. To do that we have to spend time with him, and pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17).

It has helped me to realize that it is our emotions that Satan is using as his tools to get to us and to those around us. He uses anger, fear, jealousy, envy, revenge, condemnation, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, and lies in order to destroy these emotions and us led us to sin against God.

All of these emotions are contrary to what God is—God is love, joy, peace, and happiness. 1 Corn.13: 4-7, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boost, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, it always trusts, and it always hopes, always perseveres.

But, remember that God will not make us do anything. He allows us to choose what to do and how to act. And we can do what is right, James 4:7-8, Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. 1 John 2:5-6, But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. I know that each and everyone one of us can do this. Phil 4:13 says, We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.


“In truth we are 'all' guilty concerning our brother/sister, in that we saw the distress(suffering) of his soul, when he begged(entreat) us and 'we did not' listen.” If GOD is Omni-... Then HE sees me when I don't respond to someone in need, HE also hears my thoughts in regards to the matter (justification/rationalization). Via con Dios Amigos:-)

It is a natural reaction in our flesh to look to ourselves for the answer. However God in his mighty providence is always standing there waiting for us to look to Him. He already has the answers and is just waiting for us to come to Him and ask Him. As mentioned above,this is not always an easy task, but it is an important task if we truly desire to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Joseph must have been tempted to avenge himself when he saw his brothers, but instead he became their provider.

I see myself falling so short of asking God to use me to help the unlovable and unsaved in my path. How much more I would like to be used by Him.

I have found that over the years, my habit was running to people to pour out my problems to them. However, I have seen where that did not work at all. For me, it was not easy going to God in prayer. I am learning and literally proving that it works and is so much better, than running to people for help or storing up situations in my heart. Speaking to the Lord is now becoming interesting, fun and not habitual. Praise God. I can now seek Him for guidance.

I admit my emotions have taken over me quite a few times. Since I've found GOD and have him in my life I find myself handling situations much better, I'm not perfect but I have definitely made a change for the better. I think about how It made me feel (letting my emotions get the best of me) and I don't like it. Asking GOD every morning for help assures me and gives me peace that I can be better.


A friend once told me to 'first take out the emotions' and then it is easier to sort out a better solution. I also learned somewhere along the line to ASAP, always say a prayer. It is wonderful how God can calm our spirit. As a human, it is soo easy to forget how these strategies work and then rely on ourselves instead. Thankfulness for God's guidance is also helpful.

the problem is not my emotions,it is my heart that is the origin of my thoughts that defile me...matt 15:19,prov 23:7.God says He changes my heart Eze 36;26,jer 24:7 and rom 5;5 says His Holyspirit sheds His love abroad in my heart, i belive the issue is jst to let the love flow.i always knw wat to do if i av a new heart,dn do it inspite of hw u think u feel,God is greater than our feeling and wt His spirit in us so are we....lets wake up from denial...

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