Genesis 45-46; Psalm 108; Galatians 2
I see a theme of grace in today’s selections. Joseph’s brothers threw him in a pit, told their father he was eaten by a wild animal, then was sold into slavery. Although he was completely wronged by his siblings, with God’s help Joseph forgave them and saved them from the famine. He showed grace.
“So Joseph said to his brothers, ‘come near to me please.’ And they came near. And he said, ‘I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing or harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all this house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 45:4-8 ESV)
In our faith, we are saved by grace, not by anything we have done.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” (Galatians 2:20-21)
And when we see the gracious threads of God’s hand in our lives, we can sing with the psalmist:
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!” (Psalm 108:3-5)
Let us see your gracious handiwork in all of our circumstances. There is nothing we can do to earn it. You just love us so much to lavish love on Your children. May we be forever grateful.