DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2021-03-06
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Genesis 50:16-20
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)
BIBLE TEXT: 16 So they sent this message to Joseph: …. 17 Now we ask you to please forgive the terrible things we did. After all, we serve the same God that your father worshiped.
When Joseph heard this, he started crying.
18 Right then, Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to the ground in front of him and said, “We are your slaves.”
19 But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid! I have no right to change what God has decided. 20 You tried to harm me, but God made it turn out for the best, so that he could save all these people, as he is now doing.
OBSERVATION: I believe that most family divisions, murders and in-fighting is caused by revenge seekers, and hatred, that builds up over time because one did not get their own way and because of jealousy. It was no different in Bible days, but in the case of Joseph, we see where the end-result was quite the opposite. Oh that we may use this man of God to help us re-mold our lives into better servants for the most high God.
APPLICATION: If someone steals, we want to cut off their fingers and/or seek revenge through the courts. If someone murders, we want to kill the murderer in revenge, or have the legal system put them to death. If a family member pulls away and has little, to no, contact with parents and siblings, we are ready to disinherit them and cut them off from all family decisions. But is life that ‘cut and dry’? Does it always favor us in the way that others behave or act towards us? In John 3:16 we are told that God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only precious Son. Be reminded that ‘the world’ is not clarified to indicate that He really meant that it was for the rich that He sent His Son, nor the saved, nor just Americans, but that He did this for the world at large. Words from an old children’s song reads: ‘All are precious in His sight’. So as imitators of God; as His children; and as a people committed through salvation, and obeying the commands of God, why are we so different to our Maker? In the story of another child of God – Joesph, we could read in Genesis where his brothers were so jealous of the love his dad had for him, that they thought of killing him, but then decided to just starve him to death by throwing him in a dry well, although they ultimately sold him to passerby travelers, hoping that they nor their dad would ever see him again. But Joseph stayed true to His Maker for he: served the king faithfully; he used every opportunity to give God credit when speaking with others; and he sought God daily for wisdom and direction. This was true in the king’s court, and while in prison (because of false accusations). Jospeh saw God’s word come true through the very dream that caused division between he and his brothers, for they showed themselves before him on bended knees pleading for him to sell grain to them. Friends, God had a plan for Joseph, and He used very unlikely circumstances to get him in position, and to humble the brothers of Joseph who were out to kill him. Is our God still capable of working out His plan in our lives, and in the lives of those that we come into contact with – for His good? I have no doubt that our awesome God is just as powerful, loving, wise and unpredictable (in man’s eyes) as He always was. Joseph said that God worked out His plan for the best of many in the land, so we should not question God when He’s sending us in a different direction than we envisioned for ourselves. God’s plan will turn out for the best, and nothing we can devise could ever beat that. So trust God, be obedient to Him and follow His commands, so that you may be a part of the ‘best’ plan!
PRAYER: Dear God, please forgive us for giving so much credit to ‘happen chance’; to ‘good luck’; to us being deserving of such a blessing; and to any work that we feel like we have done to deserve Your love, wisdom and direction. May Your will be done oh Lord, and may my readers and I be obedient servants so that we may be a part of Your plan. Oh that You may receive honor and glory from everything we are involved in and everything that we share with others. Thank You for reminding us of the awesome work You did in the life of our ancestor, Joseph. I believe You can do it again – even in, and through our lives, as You work out Your plan in our lives. We serve an awesome God, and I praise You for Your goodness and Your plan for us! AMEN!
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