Bible studies for writers

Bible studies for writers | Genesis 39

We go from Judah sleeping with his daughter-in-law because he thought she was a prostitute (there is SO much wrong with that sentence) to Joseph turning down a sexual proposition from the First Lady of Egypt. What a juxtaposition! Poor Joseph, though, gets caught in a cloak-and-run scheme and loses his cushy job in the big house. Still, God goes with him to jail, and soon he’s running the show in prison, too. Verse 21 brings it home for me: but the Lord was with Joseph in jail. God not only can but does go with us everywhere we go. Everywhere. This reminded me of several months ago when I was feeling mighty down and lonely and God sent me Ezekiel 11:16: “Therefore, tell the exiles, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile.’” (NLT)

I read that sitting on my balcony – feeling really, really small in big ‘ol Bangkok. It hit me that God was right there with me on that balcony. I wasn’t alone at all. Even more, He didn’t just say, “I will provide you a sanctuary.” He says, “I will BE a sanctuary.” How do you like that! When we don’t have a sanctuary, He IS our sanctuary. Where we go, He goes. He does that for us because he wants to be with us so much – every minute of every day. I knew as I sat on that balcony that I didn’t need a building to go to or people to talk to (I’m not saying we don’t need these things) because at that moment God was right there. He was my sanctuary, and I started hanging out a little more in that cozy place He provided.

Writing prompt: sanctuary

Write a letter to God and deliver it personally to him as you hang out together in His sanctuary, wherever that may be today.


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