Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Genesis 48-50

We read about the death of Jacob and Joseph in Genesis 48-50, and we now know how God laid the faith foundation for His family of believers.  Abraham's family line of faithful followers reflect God's story even in their dying.  The focus remains on God through it all.  Jacob's death is sad, yes, but it is so beautiful the way he chooses to pray for his family and bless his children and grandchildren before he goes to be with our Heavenly Father.  What an everlasting gift!    

This family has been through so much over the years, from generation to generation.  We see God's promises repeated over and over again.  In hindsight, we recognize God's guidance and sovereignty in working out His bigger plan.  No one person plays a perfect part in the story, but that doesn't stop God from loving each and every one of His chosen people.  

God's love for us is so high, and wide, and deep that it has the power to heal all our wrongs (but on His timeframe, of course).

Divine love is full of glorious surprises, even beyond our expectations  As Jacob puts it, 

11 Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.”

If we stick to our faith, God will surprise us too.

And, Joseph teaches us that we have to hold onto our faith, and work on God's plan for us, not our grudges with others.  We see this come to life when Joseph addresses his brothers' guilt.

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

We can take what Joseph says to heart and apply it to our own lives.  

Is there a part of your life in which you need to ask yourself the same question?

Am I in the place of God?

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

I thank You for your abundant and powerful love for me.  Thank You for filling my life with Your glorious surprises.  You, alone, are sovereign, in my life and the lives of others.  Forgive me for trying to figure out and fix wrongs when what I really need to do is hold onto my faith and let Your timing work things for Your glory.  I pray for Your Holy Spirit to guide my words and actions.  Give me patience, Lord.  I also pray for all those who need Your help in letting go so You can transform their hearts.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

Grace and peace,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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