A Great Deliverance

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Joseph explains that his brothers only facilitated a great deliverance. The brothers did not know that the famine was to last five more years, and without Joseph they would all have died of hunger. What lessons emerge from the text in today’s devotional?  Let us meditate on only three.

Gen 45:6  For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. 7  And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Joseph explains that his brothers only facilitated a great deliverance. The brothers did not know that the famine was to last five more years, and without Joseph they would all have died of hunger. What lessons emerge from the text in today’s devotional?  Let us meditate on only three.

1.  Life and death is in the hands of God. Indeed many would have perished during this seven year famine. The years of plenty and harvest were all decreed and controlled by God.

2. God will preserve His own – one way or another.  None that ever puts His trust in Him will ever regret or suffer a lack of divine provision.

3. A great deliverance counters a great famine – both ordained of God. There is no problem too vast for which a matching deliverance has not already been put in place ahead.  The Almighty does not work in time.  He can start the work of deliverance decades ahead of any sign of trouble.

Why is this called a great deliverance? It is great in its concealment … no one could ever discover this deliverance.  It is great in its magnitude. God translates a tribe of hungry wandering tent dwellers who were an abomination to Egypt into people who bask in the best of royal provisions and stores/barns of a wealthy civilization that abhorred their very existence. It is great in its authorship.  It was all the work of a great and mighty God.  We need to appreciate the great deliverances of the Almighty to see how puny our thinking can be.  How can we ever do anything but worship a God that can begin a work of protection over ten years before we even perceive the need for deliverance.   God is truly awesome – even Joseph does not know the plan until he sees his brothers in need of provisions at a time of great death. Jehovah is not an ordinary deliverer.  He is a great deliverer – an awesome deliverer.

Now compare your challenges of today to what God did in this text and observe that your issues are elementary, way too easy for God to deal with and bring the required restoration.  He can store the food, supplies in hidden places waiting for you.  Israel and his clan did not labor a single day for the provisions they enjoyed … provisions Egypt gathered and stored for seven years. Perhaps you only need to wait a few more years for what you will enjoy to be fully stored up by those that cannot even stand your presence.  God is awesome.

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My God is awesome, He can move the mountains, Keep me in the valley, hide me from the rain,
My God is awesome, heals me when I’m broken, Strength where I’ve been weakened
Forever He will reign
My God is awesome, Savior of the whole world, Giver of salvation, by His stripes I am healed
My God is awesome, today I’m forgiven – His grace is why I’m living
Praise His Holy Name.

Prayer: Great Deliverer – Be my strength, my shield and my helper. Amen

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Songs of Joseph

Walking with God and calling the name of God are not the same experiences.  In the Old Testament, the Bible says that after the birth of Seth to Adam, people began to call upon the name of the Lord, but it was not until after over 400 years when Enoch was 65 that we are told (after Adam’s fall) that someone walked with God.  This must imply that there is a difference to be discovered. Enoch became perhaps the first sign and wonder in the scriptures as we are told God took Him also noting he had a rare prophetic gift and for three hundred years maintained an uncommon consistency.

Walking with God is not cheap and implies consistency.

Gen 5:21  And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22  And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: :23  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

I want to suggest that calling the name of the Lord involves a rebirth – a renewal of the soul and an invitation to be part of a glorious and personal relationship. A close walk with God is different in that it is an acceptance of God’s invitation and agreement to the unchanging non-negotiable terms and conditions of the Most High thus concluding the reconciliation of fallen man.

Christ in His parable of the wise and foolish builders reminds us that many will call and do great works, but He must say He did not know them – they built not on the solid rock but on shifting sands and passing fancies. They could not trust and obey God.

365 years of Enoch is another sign of God to mankind in this age that His intention is that we should walk with Him every day of the 365 in the year. By the grace of God, I have published a devotional “Songs of Joseph” to be released in December 2012 that focuses on daily devotions that can only perhaps augment many other better written guides to help in our walk with God.  Joseph, David, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, the Apostles Peter and Paul … all walked with God and that close walk led them at various stages to the pit, the prison of Egypt, Pharaoh’s palace, wildernesses, the Brook Cherith fed by ravens, be escorted in glorious chariots to Heaven, the den of lions, many shipwrecks, the Roman Jail and many crucifixions – but what made these different?.  Why did they not lose their prayer, praise and walk with God – despite the many spiritual rapids they encountered?

I recommend “Songs of Joseph” my fifth book,  to all interested in the marathon of faith – written to be used any day of any year … I pray for grace for new improved editions to be released in future years.  It should already be evident even to the frolicking spiritual debutante that the future years will be like the days of Noah … ‘tis pointless to dispute the terms of God with humanity to whom we must continue to plead with earnestly … and gently to surrender to Christ and grow beyond mere calling His name.   In this post-modern era, I discern that discouragement of the fervent will be a more potent tool for the enemy and our times of devotion must raise prayers, daily hymns and songs of praise that silence doubts and help us to hold on as we shine and do the impossible in the looming darkness. Psalm 65:1 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion:

In the Hymn by the well-known Poet, William Cowper writes …

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

Songs of Joseph is a daily devotional soon to be published (December 2012) by Authorhouse.

 

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