redemption

‘Big Picture’ Kind of God

I was reading my Bible the other day and read through Genesis 50:15-21. Most of us know the story of Joseph, it’s a favorite for Sunday School classes, and for us to tell our kids. As I was reading the story though, the verse that really stood out to me was verse 20.

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

As I said, almost all of us know something of this story. How Joseph was the favorite son of his father Jacob, how jealous his other brothers were of that fact, how even through all of Joseph’s trials(and we fail to teach that perhaps he brought some of his troubles on himself) he remained faithful to God, and God blessed him. These are all facts from the life of Joseph. Many times though I think we read this story from the standpoint that God was simply trying to bless Joseph through all of the things he was going through, and in spite of the evil plots against him. How foolish of us if this is all we take from this passage of Scripture.

God is so sovereign. As a result of Joseph’s brothers sin, God was not only blessing Joseph, he was sparing many lives, in Israel and abroad. God was ensuring the future of Israel, which paved the way and preserved the bloodline of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who is the Savior of the world.

Again I say, God is so sovereign, so amazing. God pays attention to the details of our lives. God cares so much about us as individuals, but God is also a ‘Big Picture’ kind of God. If we are only focusing on the things we can see, or the things God is doing at the moment, or in our individual lives and that is it…We are missing so much. There is a much bigger picture at work in creation. Ultimately the redemption of His creation through the person of Christ.

I need to focus more on the big picture of what God is doing, not only in my life, but the lives of His people, His Church, and His mission throughout His creation. I believe this is something all of us need to be striving to do…

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits…

What I am meditating on as Easter approaches…

Job 14:14

“Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death.”

Psalm 130

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”

He redeems our mess…

As my pastor was closing our service today, he said a line that could have been to many, just a throw away line. To me however, it jumped out at me. He preached this morning on the life of Isaac, and talked about some of his failures as a man, and as a father. I can certainly identify with that. But as my pastor was closing, in relation to those failures, he said, “but God redeemed those messes”. As I was sitting there, reflecting on the sermon, reflecting on my life, I couldn’t help but think of all the times that I, like Isaac, have taken my eyes off of God. I couldn’t help but think of the times that I have leaned on my own understanding, leaned on my own abilities, stopped trusting God, even seeking God, and ultimately made a mess of things. But you know what? God has, and does redeem those messes.

Thank You Lord that you do redeem the messes in my life, and this morning you spoke to me through a “thick southern accent”. 🙂

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!” -Job 19:25-27