Jesus once told the disciples when He rose from the dead that it is He that they crucified. Doubting Thomas needed to touch His hands and feel the nail prints, the wounds that were still visible on His body. Jesus wants us to come nearer to Him to discover that indeed He has died for our sins and is calling us to be cleansed by the blood that He shed at Calvary. We must come up higher to He that dwells on high. As we come higher to Him, we drop the weights of fear, doubt, sin and foolishness. As we come nearer we see Christ has been glorified. He is not bitter or vengeful about His crucifixion, but more concerned that His work be not in vain. He does not want us in pain, fear or sin again. He is sad when we enter into bondages He has already paid for.
Joseph has similar feelings towards his brothers and wants them to see that God only used the situation to cause Him to protect and raise them up to join him albeit in a time of famine. Joseph wants them to come close to examine him well … indeed there are marks that only brethren can identify. Joseph reminds them that it was their wicked actions God used to bring Him to this exalted place.
When we come near to Jesus, we feel His compassion, His love, His forgiveness … we hear Him, we begin to know Him and love Him. When we come near to Jesus, darkness flees from our heart as darkness cannot come close to Jesus. We come near to Jesus by meditating more on the word of God as He is the word made flesh. We understand and have a deeper revelation of the fellowship of His suffering and the power of His resurrection. We are crucified with Him – therefore we no longer live, Christ lives in us. Christ becomes everything .. our all in all. Lord draw me nearer to you today.
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessèd Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessèd Lord, To Thy precious, bleeding side.
Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord, By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, And my will be lost in Thine.
O the pure delight of a single hour That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God I commune as friend with friend!
There are depths of love that I cannot know Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach – Till I rest in peace with Thee.
Prayer: Lord, Draw me nearer to you never to be apart from you, again. 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