Today’s Scripture: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  James 1:17

Have you ever prayed for something so long that you almost gave up on seeing your dream come to pass? Then, one day, God answers your prayers and you almost feel numb. Is this really happening? You wonder. Because failure and lack of progress has conditioned you to thinking that it won’t ever happen.

I’m sure Joseph felt like this as he heard the almost too-good-to-be-true news that Pharaoh finally wanted to see him. I’m sure he had thoughts, like: No, they’re pulling my leg. It’s got to be a mistake. I’m supposed to rot in this jail another few years.

Believe it or not, good things do happen to good people. It’s okay to rejoice when God blesses you —even if you feel like celebrating will somehow jinx you back into your prison of uncertainty. It just seems like good things aren’t supposed to happen to ordinary folks.

It’s okay to celebrate when you’re blessed. It’s alright to rejoice when you’ve been promoted or rewarded. It’s perfectly normal to smile with delight when a prayer has been answered.

Joseph didn’t apologize for his sudden ascension to Prime Minister of Egypt. He accepted it as God’s divine will and neither should you apologize when God blesses you.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder Jr.