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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Faithful and Just

Genesis 47:28 thru Genesis 50:26

We have made it all the way through Genesis and today we lost two great characters of the Bible, two men who held a great steadfast belief in the God of Abraham.  I will miss Jacob and Joseph.

We also read one of the greatest scriptures we often hook our prayers to in difficult times. 

Jacob is dead and the brothers are fearful that Joseph is now going to take his revenge on them.  After all this time, their past is still haunting them. 

Joseph reassures them all is forgiven and says in verse 20, You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. 

What the sons of Jacob still could not see was that Joseph's rejection drove him to his destiny. 

His brothers hated him, intended to harm him, but God turned it to good, for all of them.

There will be a point in everyone's life when rejection will come.  As hard as it can be, don't take it personally.  God may be pushing you into your destiny. 

Keep your head up and guard your heart because you will have plenty of chances to become bitter.  And know this, that if God is for you, it does not matter who is against you.

Joseph had a choice, forgive or take revenge. 

Today you may be faced with that same choice.  Or even more difficult, you may be faced with the choice to forgive yourself of the thing you did to another.  

Either way, God is faithful and just forgive us, we need to be faithful and just to forgive others, including ourselves. 1John 1:9

I want to leave you with this- Did you notice in verse 25 that Joseph said, When God comes to help you and lead you back...?

The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and (insert your name here) is not an If God but a When God.

So don't worry about your rejection, heartbreaks and disappointments because when God comes He will help lead you into your destiny, and it will all turn for your good!!

Which we are about to see in the life of Job starting tomorrow.

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