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God Did It!

God Did It!

18 January 2009

Scripture:

 

5 But don’t be angry with yourselves that you did this to me, for God did it. He sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. 8 Yes, it was God who sent me here, not you! And he has made me a counselor to Pharaoh—manager of his entire household and ruler over all Egypt. (Genesis 45:5, 8 NLT)

 

Observation:

 

Joseph had spent thirteen years as a slave or a prisoner because of what his brothers had done to him.  Now he had ruled as Governor of Egypt for nine years.  There’s a clue to the health of his spirit and soul in his naming of his first-born son Manasseh (God has made me forget my hardships).

 

Three things here that speak to me deeply:

·        Joseph kept his soul healthy by forgetting his past hardships and living in the present.

·        Joseph did not desire revenge on his brothers.  He didn’t even want them to feel guilty!

·        Joseph saw God in control of his life, even when others betrayed him.

 

Application:

 

·        I too will live my healthiest and most productive life if I forgive and forget past offenses and injustices and live fully in the present.

·        Jesus said, “Forgive and receive forgiveness, give and receive blessing, release others and be free yourself.”  That’s what I must do.  No revenge and no regrets.

·        I choose to see God alone as the one in control.  There is much that neither I nor anyone else can control.  God has brought me to where I am today.  I will trust him and thank him.

 

Prayer:

 

Father, thank you for the grace of forgetfulness.  I believe that you are in control of my past, my present, and my future.  I release from judgment anyone who has wronged me and I look at today and tomorrow as filled with the grace of my loving Father God.  Amen.

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