Growup: Day 14

From now on, these daily reflections will appear first thing in the morning to enable early risers to read and contribute.

Genesis 44:1 – 47:12

One of our kids Bibles calls the story of Joseph: “The forgiving prince”. If you know the story well, it’s easy to forget what a shocking betrayal Joseph’s brothers were all party to and how amazing his forgiveness is. The brothers’ decision to sell “that dreamer” into slavery and deceive their father into thinking he was dead was one that would have implications for the rest of their lives. BUT not all of the implications would be bad! If nothing else (and there is plenty else), the whole Joseph saga teaches us that God is sovereign and no act, however despicable, is beyond his ability to use for his own good purposes.

God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance (Genesis 45:7)

At this point Joseph has to be a figure of Christ, doesn’t he? Our forgiving prince whom God sent ahead of us to preserve for himself a remnant and to save our lives by a great deliverance?

Praise God that he rules and is working out ALL things for his own glory and for the good of those who love him!

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” – but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

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