September 27, 2007

Genesis 46-47

All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and useful for training in righteousness" 2 Tim. 3:16

All Scripture, even the boring parts that seem irrelevant to our lives.
Joseph showed kindness and forgiveness toward his family and respect for his father, Jacob. Despite how horrible his brothers were to Joseph, he helped them prosper during this terrible famine. Now this famine was terrible! But God had a plan in it. If the famine had never happened, there would have been no reason for Joseph's brothers to travel to Egypt. It was because of this terrible famine that Jacob's family was reunited with Joseph and restoration was able to take place. Almost always, we can't understand God's plan or reason for allowing a hardship into our lives. We don't learn why, most often, until after and are looking back on it. It's those hardships and difficult experiences that shape our lives, draw us into a closer relationships with God, and even with our families and friends sometimes. It is by these hardships that we learn to trust in God and relinquish our hold on circumstances.

Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

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