Mo 2/13Tu 2/14We 2/15Th 2/16Fr 2/17Sa 2/18Su 2/19
Gen. 46
Mark 16
Gen. 47
Luke 1:1–38
Gen. 48
Luke 1:39–80
Gen. 49
Luke 2
Gen. 50
Luke 3
Exod. 1
Luke 4
Exod. 2
Luke 5

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

The latter chapters of Genesis give us a classic example of the unfathomable wisdom of God. Last week we read how the sons of Israel (Jacob) sold their brother Joseph into slavery, and then how God used this same wicked act to preserve their lives in the end. If Joseph had never gone to Egypt, the sons of Israel—which is to say, the people of God—would have perished during the famine of that time. Only God could accomplish such good from such evil.

What’s also amazing is Joseph’s merciful recognition of God’s wise providence in this matter. After Jacob’s death, Joseph’s brothers were understandably dreading the prospect of Joseph wanting revenge. But that’s not what Joseph pursues. Instead, he displays love and forgiveness toward his blameworthy brothers:

“Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Gen. 50:19–21)

This attitude in Joseph was truly a work of God. Rightly did Pharaoh say to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?” (Gen. 41:38). The Spirit of God not only manifested Himself in Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams, but also in a Christlike spirit of kindness.

Can we similarly accept difficulty from the hand of God? Even the difficulty of being sinned against? Will we love our enemies and bless those who curse us? That’s what Christ has done for us. Let us love as He Himself has loved.

VERSES TO MEDITATE ON

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
—Luke 6:35–36

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Adore God the Father for being kind to ungrateful and evil men.
  • Confession – Confess ways you have been unmerciful to others.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for times when someone has been merciful to you and not taken revenge when you may have deserved it.
  • Supplication – Ask God for a spirit of kindness towards someone specific whom you have trouble being kind to. Someone at work? A family member? Your husband or wife? Your children?

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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