GPS: May 5

Today’s Scripture:

 

Genesis 50:15-21

Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them. 

Food For Thought:

When I read this passage of Scripture the line that speaks to me is: “But Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.”  In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them. Fear is all too often an emotion that drives us.  The phrase appears over 70 times in the Biblical narrative.   We let fear dominate us more than we should.   We let fear drive our decisions.  My oldest daughter has been singing a song lately that she learned from church every time that she gets scared.   The main lyrics of the song go, “Do not be afraid.  Do not be afraid for God is with you.”   This is a wonderful promise that we are given by God.  We do not need to be afraid because God is with us.  God stands by our side.  God is with us through any trials that we face.

Prayer:

 

Redeeming Sustainer, visit your people and pour out your strength and courage upon us, that we may hurry to make you welcome, not only in our concern for others, but by serving them generously and faithfully in your name.  In your sacred name we pray, Amen.

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