May 29 The Sovereignty of God

 

Genesis 45:7–8

God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God.

I’ve noticed, as I’ve studied the life of Joseph, that God is just as intimate to him as breath. God is so much a part of Joseph’s life that he sees the Lord in every circumstance, and he trusts the Lord through every difficulty. “God meant it for good,” he tells his brothers, “in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Everything that happened to him, both bad and good, was viewed through the lens of God’s will.

When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, he said that it was God who gave him the meaning. When Joseph presented his sons to Jacob, he introduced them by saying, “These are the two sons God has given me.” Even when Joseph was dying, he was able to encourage those around him that “God will surely visit you.”

At the center of Joseph’s life was the sovereignty of God. Everything that happened was for His purposes and part of His program. Even the darkest threads in the weave help to provide the overall beauty of the tapestry.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 156). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

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