Generous God, open my eyes to the resources I command as a child of the King. May I be ever grateful.
Read Genesis 45:1-28
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
“The resurrection life is a practice. …we engage in a life that is permeated by the presence and companionship of the resurrected Christ in the company of friends” (Eugene Peterson).
The opening of chapter 45 tells us just how deep the tension in Joseph’s life has been. After all his tests and intrigues, the sight of Judah acting with integrity and selfless love (44:33,34) is too much for him. He breaks down, and tells his brothers who he is.
The breakthrough for Joseph is the realization that God has brought him to Egypt for the sake of his family (7). He thought he had been torn away from his family, never to see them again, but all the time God was at work on their behalf. Later, Joseph will capture this in the memorable phrase “God intended it for good” (50:20). The “good” is not for Joseph alone, but for his family. For all the cruelties he has suffered at the hands of his brothers, Joseph loves and cares for his family. For all the blessings he has found in Egypt, his heart cannot rest until his family is safe. Here is a deep truth of Scripture: God is not at work merely to save individuals; he is forming and forging a new family. Community matters and those we journey with in faith become more than mere fellow-travelers. They become our kin. As Rodney Clapp writes:
“With the coming of the kingdom – a kingdom that manifests itself physically as well as spiritually, socially as well as individually, and in the present as well as the future – Jesus creates a new family. It is the new first family, a family of his followers that now demands primary allegiance. In fact, it demands allegiance even over the old first family, the biological family. Those who do the will of the Father (who, in other words, live under the reign of God) are now brothers and sisters of Jesus and one another.”
Joseph’s view was that God, rather his brothers, had put him through his trials for good. How does that make you feel about your own trials and suffering?
Lord, enable me to see Your hand in all circumstances, and to trust You to weave them into the good purposes of Your will for me.
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