God Intended Good

As we conclude our look at the life of Joseph: A Life With Many Colors as well as the book of Genesis, we can see God’s story of timeless love and forgiveness.  Bad stuff happens in this life.  People harm us.  Mistakes occur.  Intentional misdeeds are uncovered.  And sometimes grudges are kept.  But not always.

Genesis 50:15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?”

This was a very natural worry, in a natural world,
with a person of a different nature than Joseph’s

Genesis 50:16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.

Didn’t they get it?  It hadn’t been an act.  His forgiveness had not only been complete, it was thoroughly genuine.  No wonder Joseph wept.  He wept at their repentance and sorrow.  He wept at their lack of trust in his forgiveness.

Genesis 50:18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. 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.

Think about it:

  • Does it take convincing sometimes to help us understand complete forgiveness?  Do you ever feel like your faults, failures, and sins are beyond forgiveness?  Who tells you that lie?
  • Who tells you that “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John. 8:36)?
  • Joseph stayed in Egypt until his death (Genesis 50:22-26).  But before he died, he extracted a promise from them that would be generations in the fulfilling.  “ 24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25 And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.” 26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt. “  Why do you think Joseph wanted his bones carried out of Egypt?

This concludes the Joseph: A Life With Many Colors series.  Please stay tuned for Advent 2019 which begins December 1, 2019.  If you’re already receiving these by email, you don’t need to do anything.  But if you’ve recently popped by to read, you too can receive Christmas devotionals by signing up on the sidebar of my Home Page to receive these daily devotionals.

Let’s enjoy exploring together what might be on God’s Christmas list.

Acknowledging inquiries about an entire season’s devotionals for your study group’s planning purposes, Seminary Gal’s prior seasons’ Advent devotionals can be accessed via the archives to the right and are as follows: 

  • Last year’s Advent Devotional Series (2018) Storyteller began December 2, 2018 and entered into the Christmas story through its telling.
  • The 2017 series Still Christmas, began December 3, 2017 and was the Advent complement to the Lenten series, Be Still and Know that I AM God.
  • The 2016 season devotionals were called Timeless: The Message of Christmas for All Ages” and explored how the message of Christmas is timeless truth, for all ages of people, and for all ages at all times.  Timeless hope, encouragement, grace, peace, and love as we looked into the Word, saw the face of our Lord Jesus, and experienced restoration in His presence.  His goodness and His Gospel are truly Timeless. The 2016 devotionals began November 27, 2016.
  • The 2015 season devotionals were titled Incarnation and involved digging deep–and yes, I mean deep– in this important mystery of Christian theology.  They began November 29, 2015.
  • Carol Me, Christmas! remains one of my most popular offerings and tells the Christmas story through our most beloved Christmas hymns and carols.  You can access all of the numbered devotionals from 2014 via the archives.  They began November 30, 2014.
  • The 2013 series was Emmanuel: When LOVE Showed Up in Person and examined the Prologue to the Gospel of John.  It began December 1, 2013.
  • The 2012 series focused on Expecting the Unexpected…the unexpected, unlikely, and uniquely divine qualities of God’s perfect plan outlined in Luke’s account of the Christmas story.  It began December 1, 2012.

Categories Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on November 27, 2019

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