God works all for our Good.

Gen 43:1 And the famine was sore in the land.

Things went from bad to worse until they become really terrible. How are things with you? Have they gone from bad to worse, and have you decided to just give up completely. Have you considered there is a decision that God wants you to make? Is there something you should do still undone? Is God trying to provoke an action from you. Why are you facing a deteriorating situation? What is the root cause?

In this case, it appears the famine is sore to force Jacob to revisit his earlier decision not to release Benjamin. God has planned that the family will be restored and united in Egypt, but Jacob does not know this. God needs a scenario to force Jacob to rethink his earlier decision. What is it that you consider to be evil and hard, but God permits only so that the expected end will be realized for your greater good. Indeed, the ways of God are past finding, they will remain mysteries in God’s workshop to which no human mind is admitted.

But we have the word of God that declares that all things will work together for the good of the righteous who truly love God. Our righteousness is given and not earned. Jacob and his sons are seen as righteous because of Joseph – who paid the price for their righteousness. Jacob comes to the wrong conclusions that God is punishing him and has abandoned him. But he fails to see that God has not. Rather God was putting final touches to their restoration.

Every day of hunger in the tent of Jacob was of needless pain. Are you suffering unnecessarily for that which you need not suffer for. Is your delay in aligning with the will of God causing more pain and risk to others and especially yourself.

Do not despair. Have faith in God. The famine is to connect you to the new phase you so desperately need to put the sadness of the past, completely behind. The famine is sore … but for your good.

Song.

Though we pass through tribulation, All will be well
Ours is such a full salvation, All, all is well.
Happy still in God confiding;
Fruitful if in Christ abiding;
Holy through the Spirit’s guiding;
All must be well.

On our Father’s love relying,
Jesus every need supplying,
Or in living or in dying,
All must be well.

Prayer: O Lord, Let me sing a new song that says … I never knew all was indeed well by His grace. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory.  We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious  because God works His marvellous agenda.   Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily.   Edited by  Bolade Apampa 

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Do not Despair

Gen 42:16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. 17 And he put them all together into ward three days.

It is wise to be a man of few words. We must learn silence and how to speak few words. Words have weight and the fewer the better. Our words will also be tested. Joseph tells his brothers that their words will be tested … probed further. Our professions of faith will be tested. Our sermons will be tested. Our declaration of truth will be tested. God does this that we may be proven to be people of integrity. Every higher level of truth will have a higher practical examination. All are to speak truth in love knowing we may sometime in future fail the tests associated with these same truths.

The test seems harsh – to be imprisoned for three days, but when one considers the future bliss in Goshen ahead of them and the joys of being saved from a famine that was destroying others, then the three days seems not as tough. What are you going through now? God already had determined to move you into a position of such joy and wellness to make the present hardships appear only as a bearable inconvenience. Keep singing your song – even in the prison – when all the issues have been proven you will be exalted with Christ.

Do not despair – O tested saint, you will yet celebrate and be celebrated. You will yet dance and jump for joy. Three days in the prison of Egypt will soon be wiped out of your memory as God takes you up again. Things are about to change. Only seek grace to respond well to the matters facing you today. Do not despair. God is with you.

Song.

Why pour’st thou forth thine anxious plaint,
Despairing of relief,
As if the Lord o’erlooked thy cause,
And did not heed thy grief?
Hast thou not known, hast thou not heard,
That firm remains on high
The everlasting throne of Him
Who formed the earth and sky?

Art thou afraid his pow’r shall fail
When comes thy evil day?
And can an all-creating arm
Grow weary or decay?
Supreme in wisdom as in pow’r
The Rock of ages stands;
Though him thou canst not see,
nor trace The working of his hands.

He gives the conquest to the weak,
Supports the fainting heart;
And courage in the evil hour
His heav’nly aids impart.
Mere human pow’r shall fast decay,
And youthful vigor cease;
But they who wait upon the Lord,
In strength shall still increase.

Prayer: O Lord, make haste to help the weak and fainting reader. Amen

 

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory.  We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious  because God works His marvellous agenda.   Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily.   Edited by  Bolade Apampa 

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