For further reflection/discussion

Genesis 49:22-25

  • Discuss all the trials, injustices and setbacks Joseph endured (Read earlier in Genesis to read more of the story). When do you think you would’ve bowed out and walked away from faith in God? What inspires you about Joseph? What inspires you knowing that El Shaddai saw Joseph through all his trials and blessed him on the other side? How can you apply this to your life?
  • Shaddai could have many meanings: Mountain One, Omnipotent, Almighty, Breast (Nourishment), Field (Cultivate/Fruitfulness). Which meaning resonates with you the most and why? What moment or situation or season of your life helped you understand God in that way?
  • Are you dry in your walk? Has it become stale? “Same ol’ same ol’?” Perhaps you are reading and praying, but not experiencing God. Ask for God to reveal Himself to you in a way that is unmistakable.
  • Are you learning anything about yourself through this fast? Do you desire what you’ve given up more than you desire God’s presence? How can you become more aware of God’s presence or power in your life through this fast?