“I am your brother Joseph … Now don’t be worried or angry with yourselves because you sold me here. God sent me here ahead of you to save people’s lives.” GENESIS 45:4–5
“The Lord does what is right” (Psalm 11:7). God never gives up. When Joseph was dropped into a pit by his own brothers, God didn’t give up. When Moses said, “Here I am, send Aaron,” God didn’t give up. When the delivered Israelites wanted Egyptian slavery instead of milk and honey, God didn’t give up. When Peter worshiped him at the supper and cursed him at the fire, he didn’t give up.
And when human hands fastened the divine hands to a cross with spikes, it wasn’t the soldiers who held the hands of Jesus steady. It was God who held them steady. God, who would give up his only Son before he’d give up on you.
from SIX HOURS ONE FRIDAY
You prepare a meal for me in front of my enemies. PSALM 23:5
Pause and envision the scene in [God’s] royal dining room.…
Driven not by our beauty but by his promise, he calls us to himself and invites us to take a permanent place at his table.… We take our place next to the other sinners-made-saints and we share in God’s glory.
May I share a partial list of what awaits you at his table?
You are beyond condemnation (Rom. 8:1).
You are a member of his kingdom (Col. 1:13).
You have been adopted (Rom. 8:15).
You have access to God at any moment (Eph. 2:18).
You will never be abandoned (Heb. 13:5).
You have an imperishable inheritance (1 Pet. 1:4).
In the Grip of Grace
“Why standest thou afar off, O Lord?” (Psalm 10:1.)
GOD is “a very present help in trouble.” But He permits trouble to pursue us, as though He were indifferent to its overwhelming pressure, that we may be brought to the end of ourselves, and led to discover the treasure of darkness, the unmeasurable gains of tribulation.
We may be sure that He who permits the suffering is with us in it. It may be that we shall see Him only when the trial is passing; but we must dare to believe that He never leaves the crucible.
Our eyes are holden; and we cannot behold Him whom our soul loveth. It is dark—the bandages blind us so that we cannot see the form of our High Priest; but He is there, deeply touched.
Let us not rely on feeling, but on faith in His unswerving fidelity; and though we see Him not. let us talk to Him. Directly begin to speak to Jesus, as being literally present, though His presence is veiled, there comes an answering voice which shows that He is in the shadow, keeping watch upon His own.
Your Father is as near when you journey through the dark tunnel as when under the open heaven!—
Daily Devotional Commentary.
“What though the path be all unknown?
What though the way be drear?
Its shades I traverse not alone
When steps of Thine are near.”