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When family fails

By January 18, 2015From The Heart

In Genesis 37:12-36 we have the story of Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery to traders who take him to Egypt. From having dreams that indicated authority over his brothers, and being Jacob’s favourite son with the coat of many colours, to being lost to his father and a slave in Egypt. This story speaks to us about brothers (a family) who do not have any relationship with God as their forefathers did.

Within the family we see no unity among the brothers. They are simply sons of four different mothers continuing the strife which has, it seems, always existed between them. There is no brotherly love between them, just self interest. The only thing that unites nine of the brothers here is their hatred of Joseph. And they are oh so willing to deceive their father.

But nowhere in scripture do we see more easily the sovereignty of God, as we see it in the life of Joseph and his brothers. While Joseph’s brothers were actively trying to make sure Joseph’s dreams never came true, nothing can prevent or even delay God’s purposes being fulfilled. Job 42:2 – I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

God has his purposes and we can be part of God’s plan by our obedience to Him. But even when we go against God, we can never stop God’s purposes being fulfilled. We still have to take responsibility for disobeying God, and there will be consequences. But God still works out His plans through our sinful actions. God always remains sovereign and in full control. Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Truly, God knows how to best care for us. The most dangerous place to be; is when we feel safe and secure in our own strength. No place is safer, than when we are looking to God for our protection and provision. When our children leave the safety and security of the parent’s nest, they will only be secure in the hands of the God who made and cares for them.

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