The Man From Dothan


In the story of Joseph we find a small role played by a “man from Dothan” (Genesis 37:17).  He doesn’t do anything spectacular; he just points Joseph where to go to find the ones he is looking for – his brothers.   When he got to them he was thrown in a pit, and then sold into slavery in Egypt.  He ended up in prison but eventually rose to the second highest position in Egypt from which he was able to save his whole family from starvation.  In Egypt the family of Jacob grew into the large nation of Israel.  Eventually God sends Moses to deliver them and form them into the people He would use to give the world His book and His Son.

The man from Dothan didn’t play a big role, but it was important.  He pointed the way and from there everything else developed.  We may think we don’t have a big role to play in God’s program, but if we faithfully point others to Jesus who knows how much good will come from it.  Many people are seeking, not knowing where to find what they are looking for.  Point them to Jesus and let Him take it from there.  Be alert for those who are seeking and then have the courage to point the way.  God will take care of the rest from there.

John 3:15-16  The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.   John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

John 4:28-29   Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 

Ask God to give you opportunities to point people in the direction of Jesus today.  It could be talking about Jesus, giving a word of encouragement, sharing a short testimony or praise or whatever God puts in your heart to share.  Always be ready to point others to Jesus in any way possible.

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