If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 50, Luke 3, Job 16–17, 1 Corinthians 4. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Genesis 50.
After the death of Israel, Joseph’s brothers believed it was over for them (vv. 15-18). They felt completely insecure that Joseph’s forgiveness was genuine, probably because they were thinking about how they would react if they were in his position. Joseph, as we saw yesterday in Israel’s blessing, was strengthened and shepherded by God throughout his life. It was God’s grace in his life that allowed him to persevere in faith when he encountered one setback after another. Now that his brothers are expecting him to act in revenge, we see how faith in God operated in Joseph’s life. Verse 19b-20 says, “Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Joseph was able to be obedient to God in adversity and when he was in power because he saw his life from God’s perspective. Justice was (and is) the responsibility of God, which is why Joseph asked, “Am I in the place of God?” And, the elevation and power that Joseph now had politically was not for his own comfort but a stewardship that enabled him to accomplish God’s will for his family.
So, what areas of your life are you struggling with? If you could see those struggles from God’s perspective, how would you describe what God is (or might be) doing?
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/calvarybiblechurch/. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.