Avoid Careless Reading

There is a time to skim over a text because you are looking for something, but for those times when you just read the text, be sure to avoid careless reading. Rather think on what you have read. If you read a story, picture it in your mind. Consider this example, “Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth” (Genesis 42:6).
You might read over that quickly, thinking nothing of it and proceed through the rest of the story. However, remember that Joseph had been a slave and then a prisoner in the land, later Pharaoh made Joseph governor over the land in an instant. Ponder that. Apply it to your life that God can change your life drastically after years of everything being the same.
You might also read the last sentence of Genesis 42:6 casually and miss the significance of Joseph’s brothers bowing down to him, not just a Japanese-type bow, but the brothers got on their knees and placed their faces on the earth! See that in your mind! Remember his dreams, which prompted the hatred of his brothers.
Just think on this verse alone throughout the rest of the day and see how rich the biblical narrative is.

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