"God Sent Me Before You" (1/27)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Genesis 43-45.

When Joseph finally revealed himself to his brothers, he did not lash out at them for what they had done. Instead, he told them that God was working through these circumstances to bring about good.

Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Please come closer to me.’ And they came closer. And he said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life’” (Genesis 45:4-5).

God preserved the family of Jacob on account of the promise He gave to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3). This was not just for the benefit of Joseph and his brothers, but it was so that this people and Abraham’s lineage would be preserved. This was part of preparing the way for Christ – the one through whom God’s “eternal purpose” was “carried out” (Ephesians 3:11).

Passages like this one are often misused. They are cited to justify wild speculations about God’s activities in the affairs of men today. People often assume that since God was actively working to carry out the scheme of redemption (which is what the above passage is addressing), then He must be equally involved in matters today which are governed by the natural laws He established at the Creation.

Rather than focusing on what we think God is or is not doing today, we would make better use of our time by focusing on what the Bible tells us that He has done and by doing our part in living according to His will and obeying His instructions.

Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 46-47

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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