THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
“I will never leave thee,
nor forsake thee.”
ISRAEL’S CARING GOD
God assures His people of His providential care. He does not allow His children to go through difficulties in life without a purpose. He will fulfil His grand plan for the glory of His name and for the salvation of souls. This assurance should help believers endure in the midst of the challenges in life for the Lord does not make any mistakes.
Joseph sent to Egypt: The account recalled how Joseph was sold by his own brothers. However, God was with Joseph. This was repeatedly mentioned by Moses in the book of Genesis. Joseph who was with God perceived the real reason behind what he went through: “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Gen 50:20).
Joseph made governor of Egypt: Joseph arrived in Egypt in chains, yet in the Lord’s perfect time, He raised him to become the “Prime Minister” of Egypt. “He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom” (Ps 105:17-22).
Joseph called Jacob to Egypt: God’s prophecy to Abraham unfurled when Jacob and his whole family went down to Egypt. It was a needed move, they had to comply with the will of God. God assured Jacob: “…fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again...” (Gen 46:3-4). Stephen recounted God’s gracious hand upon Israel that the high priest and the rest of the council might realize how gracious God was to them; but they remain hardened and blinded.
Do you see such hardened hearts and blinded eyes today? Are you still willing to reach out to them?
THOUGHT: Is my heart hardened too?
PRAYER: Father, enable eyes to see and hearts to believe.