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April 27, 2017

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Reading along with us in Genesis? Here’s today’s reading:

Genesis 47 (ESV)

So Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, “My father and my brothers, with their flocks and herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan. They are now in the land of Goshen.” 2 And from among his brothers he took five men and presented them to Pharaoh. 3 Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, as our fathers were.” 4 They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.” 5 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6 The land of Egypt is before you. Settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land. Let them settle in the land of Goshen, and if you know any able men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.” … Continue Reading

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  1. So it went well even though they said the were shepards. Jacob had 17 years with all his family gathered together and he was able to breathe his last after his burial wishes were expressed.

  2. I love that Living Hope is going through Genesis. This is one book I’ve read countless times over the years for many reasons. Genesis is FILLED with proof that God’s sovereign will cannot be thwarted by man, a foundational truth that is key to the “peace of God” we are promised when we cast our anxieties on Him (Philippians 4:6-7).

    Knowing that God orchestrates and provides and intervenes in the lives of those He has chosen, all to fulfill His purposes and His plan and HIS will, gives me such peace when I find myself “caught up” — often unwillingly, truth be told — in someone else’s journey, like my husband’s, or my child’s, or my late brother’s, or the President’s, or a teen’s family’s, or anyone’s. I wanted my life in Christ to be neat and orderly, predictable and planned, smooth and simple, with no crazy detours or unexpected curve balls. But that’s not the life I’ve been given. It’s not the life God has chosen for me. And now I see why. My need for control had to be submitted to God’s will.

    As I used to say to my child about obedience to ME, “You can do this the easy way or the hard way. The choice is yours. But the end will still be the same.” Those are difficult words to swallow for those of us who want complete control over our lives. I’ve learned along my own journey with God that, like Jacob, I can resist and fight Him, try to control everything around me and orchestrate my own plan, or, like Abraham, I can submit and trust Him. That’s my choice. And just as we read throughout Genesis, whichever road I choose, His will is still going to be done. Ultimately, we’re meant to learn that submission to a loving, faithful God is where we will find peace and yes, even joy.

    The list is long in Genesis (and the entire Old Testament) of men and women and children seemingly “caught up” unwillingly in someone else’s story, a story not of their own making and choosing, yet a story that intersects with their own to become THEIR testimony of God’s faithfulness to fulfill His promises. Look for that thread.

    Thank you, Father, for loving me and choosing me to live in YOUR incredible story. Teach me to walk with You and behind You, never in front of You, and trusting You — the Author — when I can’t see what’s coming next. Thank you for Your Spirit and Your Word. Amen.

  3. Reading Romans 9:1-24 today, humbled completely by the sovereignty of God in even my salvation. Thanking God for His mercy on me, a hopeless, blind, hardened sinner who was lost until, by His grace, He gave me eyes to see!

    Isaiah 6:8-10 – “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ And He said, ‘Go, and tell this people ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, and their eyes dim, Lest they see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.” And Romans 9:18 – “So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.”

    Why me, Lord?

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