Today’s Reading: Acts 7:1-29 (additional reading: Psalm 127:1-5 & Proverbs 16:28-30)
It is so good to be reminded that our past failures are not final and our pain need not be fatal. It’s good to know that our Creator is willing to work with us, to be patient and understanding with us, to give us many opportunities to learn and grow. He doesn’t cast us away when we fail. He doesn’t turn His back on us.
Acts 7:13 (NLT) The second time they went, Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, and they were introduced to Pharaoh.
Drought and famine lingered on and on, so Joseph’s brothers were forced to return to Egypt a second time. The first time they went to Egypt for food they didn’t recognize their brother Joseph whom they had sold as a slave years earlier. The providence of God had landed Joseph in the position of being in charge of the very supply distribution program that his brothers sought.
You shouldn’t be able to think of the story of Joseph without standing in awe of God’s ability to pre-arrange circumstances to accomplish His will and let us share in His joy! There are two very big things you ought to think of every time you consider the story of Joseph and his brothers: 1) you are loved; and 2) there is hope!
Sometime it’s hard to wait and trust when we don’t see the future. The great New England preacher Phillips Brooks was noted for his poise and quiet manner. At times, however, even he suffered moments of frustration and irritability. One day a friend saw him pacing the floor like a caged lion. “What’s the trouble, Dr. Brooks?” asked the friend. “The trouble is that I am in a hurry.” said Brooks. “but God isn’t.”
God knows what you will need tomorrow and the day after that, next year and the year after that. And I’m talking about the needs you have that are non-material as well as material. He’s already made plans to see to it that all of your needs are met! Every problem, every adverse circumstance, He already has a plan for you to work it out. Why? Because of His great love for you!
Joseph’s life was a triumph and not a tragedy – because God made a way!