January 17 | Joseph in Prison

Today’s Reading:

Read Genesis 39:16; 39:1923

Remember that Joseph was sold to a group of travelers going to Egypt? When he got to Egypt, he
became a servant for a man named Potiphar one of Egypt’s leaders. Joseph had to do whatever
Potiphar told him to do. Potiphar’s wife told a lie about Joseph, and he got in trouble! So much trouble
that he was sent to prison. Doesn’t that sound horrible?

The Bible tells us that God was with Joseph even while he was in prison. (Read Genesis 39:21)

“21 But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor with the prison

Joseph was put in charge of all of the people in prison. Even though Joseph was in prison, God was with
him and was protecting him and providing for him.

Just like Joseph, sometimes bad things might happen to us or to those we love. But, also just like
Joseph, we can know that even when the bad things happen God is always with us. He never leaves us.


Thank God for his protection and provision even when we may have bad days. Remember that God is
always with us, just like He was always with Joseph.

January Memory Verse:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:

  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

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january memory verse song

january memory verse coloring sheet

january fill-in-the-blank activity

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