The Great Restorer

Gen 42:25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man’s money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them. 26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.

God is the Great Restorer. His very nature is to restore. Observe even in nature. Every damage seems to self-repair. Barren hills are soon covered with lilies, damaged body cells seem to instinctively work to repair themselves. It seems God has put in all His creation, the nature to restore damage. Look at the oceans and the rivers, can they ever run dry or be reduced in their capacities? Perhaps in unusual circumstances they can … but the resources of God can never be reduced. That is why God is not competitive – He has no need to be. He has no needs and His assets can never be reduced or increased. His nature is to pour out from an inexhaustible storage.

One moment, Simeon was being bound and in another Joseph was commanding restoration of funds and as much corn as they could possibly carry. I want to encourage the reader of this devotional. God will surprise you with His restoration. You are weighed down by losses and lack … soon you will taste restoration and plenty. There are many scriptures that tell us of the abundance that is in God. He can never be in debt to anyone. We can never out give Him who sustains our hands.

The brothers leave Egypt uncertain of what to make of their experience. They think they have no more funds and fear the shock of the unpleasant news that Simeon has been held hostage. They are confused at the request to bring their youngest brother knowing this will not be granted by their still grieving father. They feel as if they are under a curse. How utterly unreliable are our feelings and perceptions. Feelings may be justified and the evidence may be contrary but the word of God is the only thing that is forever settled. Cling to the word of God as your constant truth in a world of diverse and changing traditions. Did He not promise in His word to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory … and not based on the economy; why are your eyes saddened at the market indices and the limited funds eroded daily by inflation, when you have resources that can never be touched by inflation. Instead rejoice, look up to Him, the Great Restorer. He is already at work, though you do not perceive it to be so.

Song.
He’s the Great Provider … the Great Provider … the Great Provider.
He will surely provide for me – The Great Provider.
He’s the Mighty Provider … the Mighty Provider … the Mighty Provider.
He will surely provide for me – The Mighty Provider.
He’s the Sure Provider … the Sure Provider … the Sure Provider.
He will surely provide for me – The Sure Provider.
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Prayer: O Lord, Restore O Lord Restore. 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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When God Turns Away

Gen 42:24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

There are times when it seems God has turned away but He returns again. Christ exclaimed “My God, my God why has thou forsaken me?” but it was for a purpose. The Bible says God neither slumbers or sleeps. It takes only a second for the destroyer to pounce on the unprotected. The Bible says mothers can forsake their children but God cannot. Joseph turns away for a brief moment only to weep for a love that he could not openly express.

God loves us so much that He must sometimes leave us alone so we can grow. The story was once told of a mother eagle training her eaglets. She would take the young eaglet who is yet to learn to fly to a high altitude and drop her only to watch her flap her wings clumsily and just before she hits the ground the mother eagle will catch her eaglet and carry her up again only to be dropped again. Where God has turned away – He is still closely watching over us. He observes the attacks and how we struggle on our own to stand. He weeps at our bruises and hurts and wishes He could shorten the period of our pain … but He knows we need the experience of loneliness to truly appreciate His presence.

Do you feel God has turned away from you? He has not abandoned you. God has not given up on Nigeria. He is training and preparing you, demanding corrections … getting your attention. He is helping you. Like Job, perhaps you have been identified for a double increase in the end but a process of exposure to Satan’s arrows is appointed. When God turns away – Satan strikes because He knows your defenses are inadequate. But God still limits his progress … when God has accomplished the purpose and the appointed time is spent … He returns again with double for all our troubles. We cannot be destroyed at those times because we must still be preserved to receive our double portions and give our testimony of the God who never abandons His own.

Song.

A Rock that stands forever
Is Christ, my Righteousness!
In Him I stand un-fearing, In everlasting bliss!
Christ is my boast and glory—All wrath for me is o’er;
The judgment of the sinner
Affrighteth me no more.

There is no condemnation,
There is no hell for me!
The torment and the fire—My eyes shall never see!
For me there is no sentence, For me there is no sting,
For Christ, my Lord, who saved me,
Will shield me with His wing!

No hunger, Lord, nor thirsting,
No danger, fear, nor fight,
No foe, no tribulation, No throne, nor pow’r, nor might,
No height, no depth, no creature That has been or can be.
Can pluck me from Thy bosom —
Can sever me from Thee!

Prayer: O Lord, Let me always know you as my Rock that stands forever. 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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